Know what you want to say, but can't get it down?
For dyslexics it is very common to struggle to get the thoughts in your head down on paper in an ordered and structured way, so they make sense. Sometimes it is hard to know how to even start. Dyslexics tend to have a global picture in their head of what they want to write down. This makes it hard to find just one starting point and makes it hard to put it in order because the whole picture is just there. Dyslexics also have challenges trying to order and sequence information in general, so this makes it even more difficult to get the ideas down on paper.
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