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Thursday, March 10 • 15:03 - 15:20
Dyslexia in Adulthood: Experiences, Coping and the Importance of Resilience LIMITED

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Dyslexia in the Adulthood: Barriers andEnablers to SuccessMelody TerrasUniversity of the West of ScotlandMelody.Terras@uws.ac.ukThis presentation aims to set the contextfor the symposium Dyslexia in adulthood:Challenges, Barriers and Enablers by providingan overview of research and practice relatingto Dyslexia in adulthood. A synthesis of theexisting evidence documenting the challengesencountered across a range of contexts (e.g.education. social) will be discussed to helpidentify barriers and enablers to success.The socio-emotional dimension will also beexamined and the importance of adaptivecoping strategies and resilience discussed.A cross-disciplinary literature review allowedidentification of research relating to Dyslexia inadulthood. Only peer-reviewed, quantitative andqualitative papers were included and the maincriteria for inclusion were that the study focusedon Dyslexia in adults. A systematic search wasconducted on a number of databases: EMBASE,PsychLIT, PsychINFO, MEDLINE, ERIC and theSocial Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Dyslexiaimpacts negatively upon self-esteem, socioemotionalwell-being, relationships, educationand career choice. Positive experiencesconcerning the identification of their dyslexia,successful intervention and support werefound. The relative benefits of quantitative andqualitative methods were examined and theimmense insights offered by qualitative datarecognised. Future research would benefit fromadopting both a longitudinal and mixed methodsapproach to further inform understanding of thebarrier and enablers to success experienced byadults with dyslexia.


Thursday March 10, 2016 15:03 - 15:20 GMT
Breakout Room 2