The difficulties noted below are often associated with dyslexia if they are unexpected for the individual's age, educational level, or cognitive abilities. A qualified diagnostician can test a person to determine if he or she is truly dyslexic.

* May hide reading problems.

* May spell poorly; relies on others to correct spelling.

* Avoids writing; may not be able to write.

* Often very competent in oral language.

* Relies on memory; may have an excellent memory.

* Often has good "people" skills.

* Often is spatially talented; professions include, but are not limited, to engineers, architects, designers, artists and craftspeople, mathematicians, physicists, physicians (esp. surgeons and orthopedists), and dentists.

* May be very good at "reading" people (intuitive).

* In jobs is often working well below their intellectual capacity.

* May have difficulty with planning, organization and management of time, materials and tasks - SEE EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

* Often entrepreneurs.

* Basic Facts about Dyslexia: What Every Layperson Ought to Know - © Copyright 1993, 2nd ed. 1998. The International Dyslexia Association, Baltimore, MD.