Review of 'Dyslexia in the Workplace' by Diana Bartlett and Sylvia Moody, published by John Wiley (previously by Whurr). I would like to highly recommend this book: it gives invaluable information and advice about dyslexic difficulties in the workplace. It is aimed at three audiences: (1) dyslexic people who are having difficulty at work; (2) dyslexia professionals, such as tutors and psychologists; and (3) employers, in particular HR and training managers, and occupational health professionals. In the first section of the book the authors explain the range and nature of dyslexic difficulties, and also deal with a related set of difficulties, dyspraxia. They show how these difficulties can affect work performance and describe in detail how the difficulties can be assessed. A particular strength of the book is that much attention is given not just practical difficulties but also to the emotional problems which are related to these. The book also does full justice to the strengths which dyslexic people have. The second section of the book gives a wealth of strategies for dealing with the difficulties, and building on strengths. There is advice on work organisation, efficient work methods, reading with recall and comprehension, writing workplace documents, techniques for improving memory, oral skills, and ways of dealing with negative emotions, such as anxiety and frustration. Particularly valuable are the sections which give advice to both the employer and employee on the sort of reasonable adjustments which can be made in the workplace to help dyslexic employees maximise their potential.
I found this book very easy to read, and extremely informative. I felt the authors really empathised with dyslexic people, and knew exactly what help they needed. They also understood exactly what employers need to know. I also liked the fact that they avoided jargon, and seem to be speaking very directly to their readers. Emma Westbourne
A great book to dip into and very easy to access and understand. I have already used some of the strategies with people I am working with. I would fully recommend this, as it has been a great help to me.
it would be better if more specific /concise info was written in a way to easily show to an employer to enable them to see clearly how often very small changes could make a big difference to the employee. Also important for employers to understand that instead of fear ing having an employee wiyh dyslexia they often have attributes which will be extremely benificial to the workplace.