Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Simple Tips for Surviving Dyslexia in the Work Place

Today's blog is a guest post by Laura Reiff, enjoy.

Laura Reiff- Special Education Expert
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disability in children, but what few fail to realize is that its challenges last beyond the school years.  

In the modern world, managing dyslexia at work may be difficult but it is far from impossible.  In order to be successful you must honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses. 

 Ask yourself two questions:

1.       How exactly does dyslexia affect you?
2.      What specific tasks are most challenging due to your dyslexia?

Below are a variety of strategies for coping in the workplace.  Remember, the simpler the better and what works for some may not work for you.  Play with it a little and you are sure to find success.

·         Organization is key
o   Color coded filing systems work great.
o   Spend a good 10 minutes at the beginning of the day to get organized and prioritize your tasks in a simple list form.
o   Using Post-It Notes during meetings is a great technique for those who struggle with short term memory issues. (I have post-it reminders all over my office)
Written documents/emails
o   Written documents and emails need to be clear and understandable. 
o   Use bullet points to avoid rambling or run-on sentences.
o   If it is in paragraph form, keep sentences short and to the point.
o   Proof read.
  Math tasks
o   These days, use of a calculator at all times should be acceptable and should never be questioned.
Dyslexia should never stop you from bringing value to the workplace.  At the end of the day, most employers will not be concerned as long as it does not prevent you from performing all the requirements of your job.  Remember, be honest with your boss and with yourself so that there are no misunderstandings and you are not perceived as unorganized or absentminded.  

Laura Reiff is a special education teacher from Chicago, IL. She has been a special education teacher for over 10 years. Her expertise in this field has inspired her to write children’s books with a passionate mission to lift the negative stigma of Special Education by planting the seeds of understanding and compassion through self-esteem.  Her first book is in development.  It is an inspirational story about a young girl coping with dyslexia. In this, the first book of the series, Naomi Noodles faces the confusion of being told she is dyslexic, and the trials and tribulations of realizing how dyslexia can affect one’s life outside of just the learning environment. With a little help from a very special friend, Naomi begins to learn how to triumph over issues of bullying and family problems associated with her learning disability. Along the way she discovers just how wonderful, amazing and splendiferous she truly is.

Laura Reiff is also the creator of, a website dedicated to supporting the needs of parents of children with learning disabilities.  Laura offers valuable resources for parents and informational articles, on her blog, based on her expertise in the field.  She also offers a coaching program for parents acting as their guide and mentor through the sometimes scary world of Special Education.

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