DQ – How often do you struggle when reading long words?

This question has been in many questionnaires over the years in various forms. Of course, like most questions that are around dyslexia, this one is self-evident, definitional is you wish. One of the first times it appeared was in the Bangor Dyslexia Questionnaire, by the late Professor Tim Miles. As I recall, he said that when discussing the impact of dyslexia with one of those he was assessing, he said he was very philosophical about it. Only he had trouble pronouncing the word. So Tim included it in his questionnaire!

Let us be clear from the start of these analyses, just because you have a problem does not mean you are dyslexic. That said, as you can see from this question, using this gradation of dyslexia – No / Maybe / Yes – there appears to be a progression.
To be clear, the graph on the left normalises the graph on the right (i.e. it adjusts it for the varying number of responses).
In this case, it is clear that as the “degree of dyslexia” (or is that probability?) increase from No to Yes, so the difficulties themselves increase from Never to Most of the time. However, clearly there is a large overlap, and therefore it would be inappropriate to suggest that this question alone is indicative of dyslexia.
Conclusion

  1. Evidence suggests that this question could be used as part of a battery to help identify those with dyslexia.
  2. Although not easy, it would be possible to develop strategies to help adult dyslexia readers break words down into syllables, which may aid pronunciation. Whilst this may still be a struggle, if you can read the word as a single unit, you have a good chance of understanding the meaning.
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