Dyslexia is Running Around Dis logic Without A Reference Point Recent Brain Research

One thing that bothered me as a child AND as a adult is how you are
constantly tested for dyslexia or really just a grade level. I found
the test in school just made me feel more insecure and humiliated.
You take them often, I think like every quarter? And it’s the same
one from elementary school, to Jr. High, to High school and believe
it or not… College! I felt they just wanted to always know, what
‘skills’ level I was at all times. After stepping away and hiding out
from the ‘Learning Assistance’ people, I was caught and forced to
take the test again if I wanted to continue on to a 4 year
University. At the time, being removed from that part of the system
for so long, I thought maybe things changed, heck, I’m in “College”
they have to have something better now? So I went through the
humiliating process again. After all was said and done, I thought
they would have a better sense of that “I see like this or that” or
I don’t understand certain concepts about reading or something
important. But no, what I got was what they were always looking for
from the day I flunked the second grade… a grade level. My reading
level, comprehension, etc. is so many grade levels below what it
should. I guess the only benefit at the end of the rainbow is with my
renewed certification of having a ‘Learning Disability’, that I got
more time on test, books on tape, and tutoring if I needed it. So I
don’t have a lot of respect for the process because they do not
address how we think or change how they teach. When I do come across
information I believe understands the process, I report it.

In the article ‘Freaky news about your brain may change your mind’
CNNHealth.com Elizabeth Landau suggests …”New research in the
journal Current Biology suggests that, in fact, people do tend to
walk in circles if they do not have a reference point such as the
sun…

….In one experiment, participants were taken to the Sahara Desert
and given the direction of camp, then left to wander for four hours.
In a second scenario, participants were dropped in a forest in
Germany, also given a direction, and walked for four hours…

….”Walking in a straight line is a complicated process when you
think about it from the perspective of the brain,” said Jan Souman,
researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in
Germany.

…..Their hypothesis is that, the longer people walk, their errors in
relation to a straight line build up by chance to the left or right.
This may result in a zigzag pattern. Over time, the tendencies to the
left or right may take the person in a circle.” …

….The lesson from this study is that, if you want to walk straight,
use a landmark such as a tower, mountain, or the sun to update your
direction, Souman said. If it’s life-threatening that you get to your
destination, bring a compass or a GPS. …”

The lesson for the teachers is that in processing language is the
same concept. Young Dyslexic students are not going to accept that a
‘b,d, p, and q’ are different letters. It is one letter orientated 4
different ways, that means something different in each orientation.
How crazy is this teachers and parents? Why don’t we just accept it
and move onto the next letter? Because we don’t get the dis-logic
about using the same letter and we are stuck on it. We visualize what
we think and the logic behind it. When you help us visualize it, we
get it. Then we can move on. When it comes to some of the basics like
‘b,d, p, and q’ tell us when we are stuck that the reversed
orientation of a ‘b, is a ‘d’.
                           

You may have answered the logic why
they see the ‘b’ in the ‘d’ the perspective issue but you still
didn’t completely appeal to our ‘logic’. Anyway you slice it, it’s a
gift to think three-dimensionally but not when you’re reading one
dimensional text stuck on a page. We are sensory learners. In this
article they talk about sound and smell as well. She says “… a
treatment for tone deafness might also help people with speech
disorders such as dyslexia, she said. There has been evidence that
people with dyslexia have same auditory processing problems as people
with tone deafness, she said. Her lab showed last year that children
with musical training performed better on dyslexia tests….

           

How do you help students visualize non visual words? Like the word
‘the’ I don’t know? you have to be inventive and creative. “The Gift
Of Dyslexia” By Ron Davis suggests using clay, here they illustrated
‘the’. It shows the students ‘the’ is a ‘pointing and connection
word’ that bridges the the gap and becomes logical.

Interesting Read full Story ‘Freaky news about your brain may change your mind’
CNNHealth.com by Elizabeth Landau:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/25/nostrils.tone.deaf.lost/index.html#cnnSTCText

By Stacy Poulos
http://www.dyslexia.tv/

Dyslexia TV & FreeThinkers University

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