1. Dyslexia: how I found out

I’d always had what I called ‘a directional problem’ – confusion between left and right, latitude and longitude, east and west – and I never became the film director that I wanted to be, worried that I might direct ‘pan left’ when I meant ‘right’, or spin the film the wrong way in the edit suite.

But I seemed to get along OK, even got a managerial job.   It was the arrival of the computers that brought about the crisis.   I just couldn’t make simple templates on the computer: younger colleagues were doing this in 5 minutes.   It was taking me hours, and even then it wasn’t right.  HR sent me to a doctor, who said it was all to do with getting older, which was doubly depressing!

Then someone said, ‘You’re doing a part time degree!   Get the university to send you to an Educational Psychologist!

There was a form to fill in, a ‘group test’, and then a one-to-one with the Educational Psychologist – more tests.   They lasted three hours.   She said, ‘Go and get a cup of tea while I sort out these results.’   When I came back she said, ‘You are a dyslexic thinker.’   I said, ‘It explains so much…but…I don’t have a reading and writing problem.’   ‘Well,’ she said, ‘dyslexia is to do with memory, how you retain learning, but I can tell you that you read and write at half the national average speed.’

So there it was.   Identified as dyslexic a week before my 62nd birthday.

Vin Arthey



Published by Dyslexia Scotland

We encourage and enable people with dyslexia, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential.

One thought on “1. Dyslexia: how I found out

  1. Wow, such luck that you were doing a degree otherwise it would have been an absolute nightmare getting that test. I never knew that you can think in a dyslexic way without actually being dyslexic – then again with my dyspraxia I’d say that I think in this way also. Welcome to being Neuro-diverse, which I think is one of the cooler labels to have ;o)

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