With it being estimated that almost 10% of the population is believed to be dyslexic, it is likely that at least one person in your workplace is going to have dyslexia. However, dyslexia is very often misunderstood. We offer occupational health and wellbeing solutions to our clients, so that you as an employer are able to support the people in your workplace who are living with conditions such as dyslexia. In this blog, we’re going to explore what dyslexia is, how it can be diagnosed and how employers are able to support staff at work who are affected by dyslexia.
Dyslexia is the neurological difference that often has an effect on a person’s reading and writing skills. Therefore, it can have quite an impact on a person’s work, their education and generally their everyday life. Like anything, the symptoms can vary from mild to severe and everyone’s experiences are different. Normally, it runs within the family and will affect a person for the rest of their life. However, many dyslexics will struggle with reading and writing but usually are very talented in reasoning, visual arts and creativity.
In order to diagnose dyslexia, you have to take a diagnostic assessment which is carried out by a certified assessor. However, if you are unsure whether you’re living with dyslexia, you’re able to go to the British Dyslexia Association Website which provides a great advice section with information for adults, children and employers.
The assessment is carried by a specialist assessor, and will normally take somewhere around 3 hours in a private room, most often in the workplace or the assessor’s office. After a brief introduction and chat, the assessor carries out some tests such as:
All of these tests will be completed and scored, the results will be analysed and a diagnosis will be given in the form of a written report.
While a person will always live with dyslexia, there are a number of things that you can do as an employer in order to make their life easier and reduce the impact that it has at work.
It is very likely that someone who is living with dyslexia is going to become stressed by changes including a new job, way of working or a new manager. So it is important that in these times of change that you are supportive of what they are going through and their struggles. If you support your staff at work who are living with dyslexia it is found that their difficulties are likely to be less pronounced and better performance at work is maintained.
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