Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Dyslexia: Those who can't read or write

Reading and writing appears to be the most basic a normal human being should be capable of doing today. People who have dyslexia aren't stupid, just difficulty in reading and writing. Have you ever wondered what happens to these people and how their mind works differently from us?

On double deficit I found on my favourite encyclopedia:
The ability to read is believed to depend on two skills.

Phonological processing skills make up the ability to identify and manipulate sounds in speech.

Automatic naming skills compose the ability to translate visual information into a phonological code.

The double-deficit theory of reading disability (Wolf & Bowers 1999) proposes that a deficit in both these skills gives rise to the lowest level of reading performances, known as dyslexia.

Now, imagine blind people who can't see anything. They tend to have very good senses in hearing and touch because they have all their concentration distributed to non-visual senses compared to normal people who devote 70% of their concentration to eye sights. That's why we have people who can't hear properly (like yours truly).

For us who can read and write normally, we tend to think things in a single line, or two dimensional. I.e. thinking things one after another sequentially. For some people with dylexia disability, those who have trouble reading yet not stupid (in fact very bright) tend to think in three dimensional.

Three dimenstional. 3D

How the heck does anybody thinks and operates in 3D? What does it mean? Picture Thinking?

In GiftBook:
Ron Davis explains that multi-dimensional thinking (using all the senses) takes place much faster than verbal thinking. Dyslexics also tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average. They tend to be highly aware of the environment, inventive, and good at real world tasks. Their special mode of thought also produces the gift of mastery: once they have learned something experientially, they understand it on such a deep level that they know how to do things intuitively without thinking about how.

Does Dyslexia have any relation to left-handed people?
Thinking visually is often associated with the right half of the brain. The visual-spatial learner model is based on the newest discoveries in brain research about the different functions of the hemispheres. The left hemisphere is sequential, analytical, and time-oriented. The right hemisphere perceives the whole, synthesizes, and apprehends movement in space.

So, the big question now anybody would be asking themselves is if they have Dyslexia. For me, I choose to think that I'm all rounded, a bit of dyslexia and still capable of reading and writing. Not a bad combination. What do you think of yourself?

Ah, yeah. Too complicated for you to understand. And it sounds stupid too. I thought so.

Some famous people who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia, now do the "oooh, aaah":
References: double deficit, diagnosed with Dyslexia, any relation to left-handed people, right half of the brain, GiftBook, Picture Thinking,
Tags: Dyslexia, mental, disability, learning, reading, writing, 3D,

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