That people who are good at literacy don’t tell those who struggle, that they have mental images of words. This enables them to recognize words they have seen before and spell words, especially in English, that is tricky at best.
That not all school teachers have the skill themselves. It is not taught in teacher training, so how can they possibly teach others? Those who do have the skill can’t believe that anyone else needs teaching. It would be great if teachers would talk with each other about their varied experiences, with a spirit of curiosity.
I never pictured words for 50 years and nobody even suggested I should or could; this was definitely a crime and I consider an abuse of my human rights. I hated reading, my mind wandered and I fell asleep. Perhaps it is like being forced to wear someone else’s glasses.
I could have learnt to read 50 years earlier, not missed out on all the children’s literature and only had the great strengths of Dyslexia, not the crippling literacy. Spelling and reading is only difficult when you don’t know how the experts do it.
Visualising words is really easy when you know how, every child can be taught in minutes and those who are struggling are most often already very visual kids. .
My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
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You will find more about my experience of growing up in the dark without mental images in The Elephants in the Classroom.
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The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
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