Dyslexia and ADHD/ADD



Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ Attention Defict Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder are two types of neurodevelopmental difficulties. Approximately 25-40% of people with ADHD also have dyslexia. Those with ADHD may experience 

  •  being easily distractibility
  • difficulties staying organisation
  • difficulties managing their time 
  • hyper-focusing
  • impulsivity
  • short attention span

The most prominent treatments or strategies for the adult with ADHD can be with medication, education, skills training, and psychological counselling. ADHD is a lifelong condition that cannot be cured but can be successfully managed.

We know that if you have ADHD you’re more likely to experience a mental health problem. There’s evidence that anxiety, depression, conduct disorder (persistent patterns of antisocial, aggressive or defiant behaviour), substance abuse, and sleep problems are all more common with people who have ADHD.

There are positive and efficient ways to counteract behaviour traits that if practiced over time can be successfully managed.

Essentially difficulties improve through:

  • maintaining plenty of exercises
  • daily walking and getting plenty of fresh air,
  • meditating through Mindfulness and anchoring at the moment
  • establishing good sleep patterns.
  • eating a healthy diet
  • seeking peer support
  • adult coaching 
  • counselling support

Improving focusing skills and attention span strategies including,

  • Recording meetings so you can recall what was said at the meeting afterwards. Listening repeatedly will help to recall information with greater accuracy.
  •  Listening to instructions, repeat them back to the person giving the instruction so they can see you have understood the sequence of instructions correctly.

This content was written by our subject matter expert, Dr Judith Hudson,