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Adult Dyslexia

My husband is 34 years old and has just realized he has grown up with the symptoms of dyslexia. We moved to Switzerland 6 months ago. Does anyone know of any diagnosis or treatment centers here in Switzerland for adults?
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Try this association:

http://www.verband-dyslexie.ch/

Also make an appointment with your GP and he may be able to recommend someone.
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Re: Adult Dyslexia

The local doctor should be able to give a referral to a psychiatrist who can do the testing. However, given that there is no 'cure' for dyslexia, it may be just as helpful to find some good books about the condition and read other people's experiences - my mum and sister both have it, and our youngest child was recently diagnosed... for my mum it was a process of understanding and acknowledging the affect it had on her schooling and everyday life (literacy problems are very often assumed to be intelligence problems, which is so untrue!) and for my sister, giving enough time and space (and self-esteem) for her to fight through the school system - my sister now is a researcher in developmental psychology, top of her field and has a PhD in psych, but it's not easy!

I was sent to Montessori school, along with my brother and sister, and our own children as well, because my mum had such a negative experience of traditional schooling.... she found out that Montessori offered a different philosophy and method, and was compatible with kids who have these sorts of difficulties... my brother and I are not dyslexic.
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Re: Adult Dyslexia

There's really nothing that you can do about it.

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My husband is 34 years old and has just realized he has grown up with the symptoms of dyslexia. We moved to Switzerland 6 months ago. Does anyone know of any diagnosis or treatment centers here in Switzerland for adults?
Please don't take this response to be disrespectful or trolling, it isn't meant that way at all. What benefit do you see from a diagnosis at 34? I would suspect that at this age he has already developed a fair battery of strategies for coping. Some time with a therapist may help him see his earlier life in a different light, but I doubt that a therapist will be able to suggest many strategies which he hasn't already tried.
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Speaking as someone who was diagnosed with Dyslexia as a child, I do sometimes wonder if this is even a condition. Like ADHD, it just seems an all encompassing term for people with various learning difficulties, and for me it seems a little lazy and easy to diagnose people with Dyslexia. Sometimes it's just used as a crutch.

Whilst I appreciated the extra time when sitting exams, I soon realised that once you reach the real world that no one cares, and certainly you won't be able to use it as an excuse for anything.

If your husband has made it to 34 without issue then I'm not sure I'd bother doing anything. Any "treatment" would likely be expensive. I don't know what he could even do with a diagnosis.
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I do sometimes wonder if this is even a condition.
It is.

A friend could read technical material with no problems, but anything else, forget it.

My mother is a specialist in dyslexia, and when I asked her if there was anything my friend could do (early 30s), she said 'not really'. And then 'and by the way, you are slightly dyslexic yourself'.

I normally have no problems with it, but sometimes I'll be reading a book and realize that the last several paragraphs made no sense whatsoever, and have to read them again. Also, sometimes highways signs.

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There is no treatment per se, but there are compensatory strategies.

Audio books, speech to text programs for writing. If you use a computer a lot, there is a dyslexic font making reading and writing (typing) easier.

There are different kinds of dyslexia - not everyone switches letters, some people have different ways of reading, having to do with the way you process spacing.

It may or may not impact spacial recognition.

I have some form of it as well.... useful to know.
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Also, sometimes highways signs.

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Now that could be a different story? :-)


Agree, with 34 you probably have most of the strategies for living with dyslexia. Most of the methods I am aware of (from a friend who has it and whose daughter is affected) are directed at children and coping techniques at school (which can be used later on obviously at work).


And as there is no real cure/pill to cure, what do you expect from the diagnosis? Just curious
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My husband is 34 years old and has just realized he has grown up with the symptoms of dyslexia. We moved to Switzerland 6 months ago. Does anyone know of any diagnosis or treatment centers here in Switzerland for adults?
I think the OP is looking for a confirmation of diagnosis seeing as the husband seems to have only "realised" he has some symptoms at this stage. Maybe he needs some guidance and understanding as well as a measure of the degree to which he is affected?

Maybe he feels (like anyone would) that he would cope better if there was some kind of formal diagnosis which he can then work with.
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It is.

A friend could read technical material with no problems, but anything else, forget it.

My mother is a specialist in dyslexia, and when I asked her if there was anything my friend could do (early 30s), she said 'not really'. And then 'and by the way, you are slightly dyslexic yourself'.

I normally have no problems with it, but sometimes I'll be reading a book and realize that the last several paragraphs made no sense whatsoever, and have to read them again. Also, sometimes highways signs.

Tom
Is that why all the glasses are different in the cabinet than ?

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Re: Adult Dyslexia

Thank you for those whose reply was helpful....
A few have asked why it would be good to know.
Well when my husband told me, after researching the topic recently, that he was sure he had Dyslexia, it was like a weight off his shoulders. He realized why he struggled in school and now why he still struggles with reading and communicating his thoughts. He has low self esteem because of this and has always felt that he is stupid. Yes he has done well for himself, however he is required often to read in public and give presentations. When he does he stumbles and stammers at times and his reading isn't good at all and isn't fluent, which leaves people thinking he is unintelligent (which he isn't) or that he hasn't even bothered to try and leaves him feeling humiliated, like he wants to give up. He sometimes takes awhile to respond in communication which leaves some people thinking he is weird. So a diagnosis would be a start to receiving some help. Any help that is out there to improve his reading and comprehension would be great. I have researched in Australia the topic and there are programs for adults to help them with improving their reading and learning and sonic treatment etc. Was just curious if there was something similar here, however I guess it would need to be in English. If not, even just a diagnosis would just help him understand why he is like that, not stupid and would help "others" to be more compassionate and understanding.

Please respond if you have something useful to say, not sarcastic.

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even just a diagnosis would just help him understand why he is like that, not stupid and would help "others" to be more compassionate and understanding.
He doesn't need a diagnosis: he is an adult. If he tells people he is dyslexic, who is going to argue with him?

I can't eat gluten: even a small piece of bread or pasta will make me very ill for several days. About twelve years ago I took the blood test for coeliac disease. It came back negative. My doctor at the time was a very practical man and he simply said: "It's only a blood test. If you get ill when you eat gluten, don't eat gluten."

For years I used to tie myself in knots trying to explain why I couldn't eat that piece of cake or biscuit or whatever. Then I just thought, "sod it. Nobody is going to ask to see my medical records. I'm coeliac and that's the end of it."

And it really is. If the subject comes up, I just tell the waiter or the host that I'm coeliac. Basta!

Why waste money on a piece of paper that nobody will ever want to see? He's dyslexic and that's the end of it.
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Please respond if you have something useful to say, not sarcastic.
Something can be both useful and sarcastic.

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He doesn't need a diagnosis: he is an adult. If he tells people he is dyslexic, who is going to argue with him?

I can't eat gluten: even a small piece of bread or pasta will make me very ill for several days. About twelve years ago I took the blood test for coeliac disease. It came back negative. My doctor at the time was a very practical man and he simply said: "It's only a blood test. If you get ill when you eat gluten, don't eat gluten."

For years I used to tie myself in knots trying to explain why I couldn't eat that piece of cake or biscuit or whatever. Then I just thought, "sod it. Nobody is going to ask to see my medical records. I'm coeliac and that's the end of it."

And it really is. If the subject comes up, I just tell the waiter or the host that I'm coeliac. Basta!

Why waste money on a piece of paper that nobody will ever want to see? He's dyslexic and that's the end of it.
Thanks for sharing your story, you do make a good point! Although I do know for sure that there will be some that will ask has he been diagnosed. An Internet based diagnosis doesn't sound very reputable. I'm wondering also if it is worth investing time and money, reading, studying and attending workshops etc, if he doesn't have the condition, it may be something else.
It may end up being the way to go though.

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Also, sometimes highways signs.
Speed limit signs??
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Does it affect his writing at work or in any further education courses? A medical certificate of his handicap may give him more leeway in certain situations.
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Does it affect his writing at work or in any further education courses? A medical certificate of his handicap may give him more leeway in certain situations.
Yes it does, I agree it would be helpful.
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