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Video clip: Lyn describes some of the strategies she has put in to place to manage her dyslexia.

And one of the things I think I'm pretty good at is finding innovative solutions to problems. So I think that's how I've managed to be what my friend called 'a highly compensated dyslexic' all my life, and it's been covered over pretty well to everybody except those who are highly sensitised to these things, or who know me pretty well. So I have found lots of technology solutions, to reminding myself about appointments, keeping track of my diary. Simple things that I'd always pooh-poohed as being - again - beneath me in some way or, you know, like things that people do when they're kids. So one of the things I quite like doing, and I expect it drives my team mates crazy, is I change my document background from white to blue, and that helps me with my reading speed. Changing the fonts from serif to sans serif. So, times new roman, which happens to be the house style of the university, just happens to drive me crazy.

So I spend a lot of my time changing documents into a format that I can process more quickly. Task managers. Speech To Text has been a great thing for me. Because as you can tell, I can talk quite articulately, fast and fluently. And turning that to text is a great thing. And then having some assistive software to read back to me what I wrote, rather than what I thought I wrote. Which is a continual problem. I know what's going on in my head. I can think quicker than I can speak. And read a lot slower than both those things. So there's a continual disparity between what I'm reading and writing.

And I think I always thought I was just a terrible typist, until I started analysing what my patterns were. And it wasn't next door keys, it was complete reversal, or transposing of letters. So the whole word would be written the wrong way round. And even in my handwriting that happens. So you begin to pick up on - And I think 'well why didn't I pick up that sooner?' Or phonological naming it's called, isn't it. Where I get people's names muddled up because I'm thinking about one thing and talking about another. So all those things are things that can trip me up. And which can make me feel very silly, but. And memory. Remembering things. Learning how to remember things mnemonically, which I'd always done. So I had lots of strategies in place.

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