Adult Dyslexia

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Adult Dyslexia

Luke has never enjoyed reading. In fact he dislikes it so much that he avoids it when ever possible. The most he will read is the TV guide and occasionally the sports section.

While in school he of course had to read but once he had finished second level he never picked up a book again.

Luke has reading and writing difficulties

When Luke first got in contact with Cluas he had been laid off and was being persuaded to go into further education, the thought of which was horrifying, due to the fact that he would have to read. Luke had really thought that those embarrassing days of stumbling over words, not being able to read f...

When Luke first got in contact with Cluas he had been laid off and was being persuaded to go into further education, the thought of which was horrifying, due to the fact that he would have to read. Luke had really thought that those embarrassing days of stumbling over words, not being able to read from one line to the next with out skipping a few lines and the extraordinary effort that he had to put into reading, were behind him.

He had previously tried adult literacy classes both one to one and in small groups however they were not successful at reducing the barrier that made reading so difficult. Luke’s frustration increased.
Luke had heard that there was an auditory component to Dyslexia and was fascinated by the fact that if it was possible to reduce this auditory component he may find his Dyslexia was not as profound.

When Luke came to Cluas for an assessment it was possible to see that Luke was unable to make the fine distinctions between specific letter sounds (between a “b” and a “d” for example). Thus for Luke these two sounds had the same value, and therefore he always confused them.

Luke was highly motivated and was thrilled that there may be a way of reducing his reading and writing difficulties as he had at this stage applied for and been accepted on a 3rd level course. Luke started his Cluas program without any delay.

Luke did not see any difference in his reading ability during the first weeks of his programme, however in the integration period between stage 1 and 2 Luke started one to one adult literacy classes. From the first class Luke noticed a difference, he was understanding what the tutor was saying and was making progress. This was very different to his previous teaching experience.

With his new outlook and mounting confidence Luke completed stage 2 and 3 of his Cluas programme. Each time his listening test showed that his auditory discrimination skills were improving. This was mirrored in his progress in his literacy classes.

6 months later and Luke has finished the first term of his college course. He describes how he surprised his family and more importantly himself as to how he was progressing through his course. He had written essays for every module, and while the first one had been a struggle he quickly realised that the barrier that had existed was significantly reduced. He was able to read, comprehend and analyse the material for his course and produced some good pieces of written course work.

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