Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD

Exploring commonalities amongst diverse neurotypes

I’ve been exploring as many divergent neurotypes as possible, in particular those that commonly co-occur with autism and ADHD (my neurotypes).

I’m not dyslexic, and I’m not an expert on dyslexia, but ADHD and autism are my special interests. I want to learn as much as possible about their comorbid conditions because many individuals I support are also more likely to have these traits. Here I share with you some of the similarities between ADHD and dyslexia.

Reading disorders are highly common amongst neurodivergent individuals because of difficulties with executive functions. There are three main areas of difficulty that overlap between ADHD and dyslexia: working memory, auditory processing, and writing.

As with any neurotype, dyslexia comes with both pros and cons. Although dyslexics may struggle with some reading and writing tasks, dyslexia does not impact one’s intelligence. Many dyslexics are highly intelligent and creative people.

Read my article in Invisible Illness.


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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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