Dyslexia Institutes of America
Producing Results for Lifelong Success
Checklist for Adults
When I was in school I could make A's in spelling, but was unable to retain the words for any length of time.
I can remember spelling words if they are given in the same order each time but not if the order is changed.
I have difficulty remembering the sequence of letters in words.
I tend to spell words the way they sound.
Learning and using phonic sounds is/was difficult for me.
I have difficulty remembering what I read.
I have difficulty comprehending what I read.
I prefer to read in dim, rather than bright, light.
I often turn my book in different directions to get proper focus of letters.
I remember having a lot of homework in school; more than my friends.
A parent or sibling
helped me with my homework.
Homework completion was a nightly struggle in our home.
Sometimes I deliberately forgot to bring homework home because of embarrassment or because it seemed overwhelming.
The teacher(s) indicated that I was lazy.
The teacher(s) indicated that I was not working up to my potential.
The teacher(s) indicated that I could 'do the work if I tried.'
The teacher(s) indicated that I was not motivated.
The teacher(s) indicated that I did not pay attention in class.
I often got frustrated in class.
I was often unable to complete my schoolwork on time.
I was often slow or inaccurate when copying from the chalkboard.
I had poor work habits in school.
I am often disorganized.
I tend to have poor work habits.
I often have trouble keeping track of my possessions.
I have a poor sense of time. (inability to judge how long a task will take, for example)
I have a poor or unusual grasp of writing instruments.
I have messy handwriting.
I have difficulty remembering names and symbols.
I have to make written lists in order to remember things.
I often have to reread directions to keep them in order.
Sometimes I have difficulty pronouncing words correctly or expressing my ideas clearly.
I am often unable to put my thoughts down in writing.
Writing is a painful process for me so I tend to avoid it.
Accurately copying from books or papers is very difficult for me. (this includes both words and math problems)
I am slow at writing legibly.
Math seems easier for me than writing.
When I am working on math problems, the numbers often become misaligned.
My parents expected me to do well in school because I exhibited intelligent behaviors before entering.
My siblings all all do/did well in school.
I have chosen a profession which does not require me to read extensively or spell accurately.
I have always felt that I am "different" from others in the way I process information.