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Overcoming challenges of living with dyslexia from childhood to adulthood – case study

Pia Javornik (2017) Overcoming challenges of living with dyslexia from childhood to adulthood – case study. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    In our master's thesis we explored the challenges persons with dyslexia face throughout their entire development from childhood to adulthood. In the theoretical part we summarized some definitions and theoretical explanations of dyslexia and how it is manifested in different development stages connected to the progression within the educational system. We presented the legal possibilities of adjusting the educational process to people with dyslexia in Slovenia. In the next part we focused on the characteristics and special needs of persons with dyslexia in the stage of adulthood. On the basis of findings regarding the different cognitive functioning of people with dyslexia we described the challenges that occur in the stage of adulthood in the areas of memory, organization, setting personal goals and social skills. We also presented the factors of successful adjustment of people with dyslexia in their adulthood. We described the model of a British help and support system for adults with dyslexia as an example of good practice. In the empirical part we used the case study of a young adult and their own personal experience obtained in an interview to highlight the problems of living with dyslexia in different development stages. We focused on the personal interpretation of dyslexia and how it is manifested in the wider environment (family, school, peers) while growing up. We explored the factors and strategies that have enabled the interviewee to successfully overcome difficulties in the course of their education and transition from a school environment into a professional one. We checked whether our chosen case study of an adult with dyslexia shows challenges in the areas memory, organization, setting personal goals and social skills. On the basis of our findings, we formed guidelines for working with people with dyslexia and in this way contributed to the development of the area of expertise that focuses particularly on the educational environment, in spite of the fact that the difficulties that are the result of dyslexia in an individual, exceed it and stay present throughout one's entire life.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: development stages, adulthood, dyslexia, overcoming difficulties, case study
    Number of Pages: 72
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marija KavklerMentor
    asist. dr. Milena Košak BabuderComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11767369)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4836
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 12:31
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 12:31
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4836

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