Has anyone noticed the actual problem with idioms and highly visual children? Children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers and Autism are likely to have excellent visual strengths so mentioning an idiom to them sends them off into trying to sort out expressions like : Barking up the wrong tree!
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An idiom a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words’ denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase “kick the bucket” to mean “to die” – and also to actually kick a bucket. Idioms are a big challenge to many highly visual students. Reflecting on this through the lens of mental imagery, I realised what the problem is. Idioms are very visual, here are a few examples, that will send a visual thinker off into the wrong train of thought:
A hot potato A penny for your thoughts
Actions speak louder than words At the drop of a hat
Back to the drawing board Ball is in your court
Cut corners Be glad to see the back of
Beat around the bush. Best of both worlds
Best thing since sliced bread Bite off more than you can chew
Blessing in disguise Burn the midnight oil
Can’t judge a book by its cover Caught between two stools
Costs an arm and a leg Cross that bridge when you come to it
Cry over spilt milk Curiosity killed the cat
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When I was a small child I was great at mental maths, I took my GCSE a year early (that was unheard of in those days) and packed in 3 “A” level Maths in the next 2 years. I was pretty dreadful at literacy but great at maths and nobody ever asked me how I did it. I then did a degree in Maths and became a Software Engineer. Still nobody asked me how I did it – I had always had good mental images of pictures and numbers, but none of words.
Years later I found out the key to success in mental arithmetic, you need mental images of numbers – its quite obvious really, but nobody tells you. So to all those children who are struggling with maths, including learning those monotonous times tables, learn to visualise numbers and all maths will become so much easier.
I and our international network of #empoweringlearning coaches teach people every day these simple skills. I can assure you that mental maths will always be difficult, whatever scheme you use, if you are not visualising numbers – after all its called mental maths isn’t it? So why don’t we ask small children if they can picture numbers, it would save masses of time and much heartache – if they are not picturing numbers we can teach them simple and easily.
Topics like rotating images will probably be one of the subjects in maths that is easy, because you can picture the images moving around. On the other hand algbra, with things like 2x+3y seems as if it is from another planet, to someone who normally thinks in pictures. Try thinking of it as 2 cats plus 3 dogs and it will be easier, as however hard you try you can’t make cats into dogs.
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Excellent article about the real strengths of neurodiversity, in particular Autism in this article. It talks about how business is catching on to the possibilities of people who think differently. I love the quote, that “if you’ve got a team of people on a project and they are all neurotypical, and the project encounters a problem, the chances are that those 20 people will all come up with the same kind of answer. Bring in someone with a totally different cognitive process and a completely different perspective and they’ll come up with something different. And that’s invaluable.” I have been saying for years “we need people who think and act differently, to solve the major challenges we face today.” You can see these skills even in young children and it is our job to help them succeed in their missions.
Do read the full article; thank you John Harris
#neurodiversity #autism #neurotypical #g2 #guardian
I know this title may offend some people but this is Dyslexia Awareness Week and this little fact ought to be widely known. I do hope I get some well thought through responses that I can reply to.
There are many definitions of Dyslexia with variations on the theme of “trouble with fluent spelling and reading”, which I can go along with. However some are finished up with the words such as “despite appropriate teaching”. I must challenge this one, because these students are quite capable of reading and spelling visually, it is just the way we are teaching them and phonics that is confusing them. They are big picture thinkers, who find it much easier to learn when they can picture the bigger picture, like the whole word, rather than having to deal with what they think of as meaningless bits of words. Simply, these people are not getting appropriate teaching for their method of learning.
More recently assessments have now focused on the students capabilities with phonics as leading to a definition of Dyslexia. Why is that even correct. I for one can read perfectly well and have never learnt phonics.
Now, there is no denying that these students think and learn differently, with exceptional strengths, nothing to do with literacy – latterly called neurodovergent skills and recognised by #madebydyslexia, #geniuswithin amoungst others. Indeed, cares whether they can spell or read, when such exceptional brains go on to solve major problems like global warming. But for those in school literacy is a major source of anxiety, stress, bullying and even worse.
One of the problems is the word Dyslexia, because that is derived from the Greek word dys- “bad, abnormal, difficult” + lexis “word.” If they were called EPIC, it would be easier to contemplate EPIC students without the literacy challenges. As we know that the appropriate way for these students is to learn using their visual strengths, #empoweringlearning, with word recognition for reading and visualising words for spelling, maybe the word Dyslexia is what should be challenged.
Do you have the ability to turn 2D images into 3D images in your mind’s eye?
For example when looking at an ordnance survey map, which is flat, can you turn the 2D contour lines into 3D images of mountains and hills? Some #Dyslexic or #ADHD, in fact many with #Neurodivergent thinking and learning patterns have this great skill; just one of the skills shared by #madebydyslexia.
Do you have the skill when proofreading something, that the incorrect words jump out of the 2D paper into a 3D picture of the word in error?
Can you look at a house and imagine you can cut it open a bit like a dolls house and look at all the rooms inside.
These are great spatial skills for all sorts of applications. But, if you are struggling with reading, and you get every word on the page jumping out – it’s a nightmare version of this skill. If you want to know how to select 2D or 3D as you wish, do contact email@example.com.
#empoweringlearning #visualkids #dyslexia #adhd
I am delighted that so many people are recognising the strengths of #Dyslexia, #ADHD, and other Neurodivergent ways of thinking and learning. Especially initiatives like #madebydyslexia and #youwillfailher.
Creativity, imagination and generation of new ideas are common strengths, and what do they lead to?
- Painters, artists, designers, musicians, film makers, photographers, writers, comedians, etc, etc – there is reputedly a design house in New York that only employs those with these skills.
- Artistic talents are abundant and new ideas appear at lightning speed, sometimes too fast for others to keep up with them!
- Inquisitive, creates new designs, even wacky solutions, thinking out of the box.
And there is more to learn about what is behind these strengths – how do they do what they do? The answer is that they are invariably very visual people – they think and learn in pictures, known as mental images, located in their Occipital Lobe. You can often see it in someone’s eyes; looking up when they are thinking and watching their own mental images. Ask people you know about their creative and imaginative skills and you will probably be amazed to find out how they do what they do – their metacognition.
If you are great a mental images, you can quickly and easily learn how to use those same mental images for words to improve literacy and for numbers to improve numeracy.
Anyone is welcome to pick up the phone and ask me how this works, just ask for Olive Hickmott +44-7970-854388 and I will be pleased to explain. I want everyone to be aware of how simple these skills are to learn and what a difference it can make to your life.
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