10% of the population are dyslexic.
This means in New Zealand there are half a million people who are dyslexic. Dyslexia is easily hidden so it is hard to know if someone is dyslexic. Dyslexics use their problem solving strengths to cover their challenges, such as, getting other people to read or write for them, working harder to get something done or using phones to help with spelling,
It also means many dyslexics, because they can read and write okay, do not know they are dyslexic. They may think they are not very smart because they cannot cope with their workload, it takes them longer to do tasks at work or while studying like writing emails and reports or they have difficulty understanding verbal instructions.
Challenges for Dyslexics
Short term memory
Ordering and sequencing information
Processing auditory information
Some dyslexics can read and write more easily than others. They have used their problem-solving skills and strong visual memory to compensate for their dyslexia-based challenges. Compensated dyslexics tend to read "by gist". They use context and their knowledge to work out the gist of what they are reading. this becomes a problem when you have to know what each word means (such as in maths, word problems and assessment questions). Increased workload makes their normal coping strategies less reliable and will increase feelings of anxiety.
Strengths for Dyslexics