Yesterday I shared a post about how I was able to take my friends story and write a poem with it. I don’t have to work hard at doing this and I thought it might be helpful to explain why.
I think in pictures, I thought that everyone did!
I just showed Mr Locoman this image from the film The Minority Report, to explain to him what reading is like for me. We chatted for a while about this.
His EXACT words to me were,
“I can quite safely say that my brain does not do that!”
He’s very to the point my hubby, when he talks….LOL
This is what happens every time I read
The exception being when I read something I have written myself or something written by someone I am very close to. I think this is because the images in my mind already have a personality, so I can just read without having to piece it all together.
When I read something unfamiliar
It’s almost like the words turn into images and float out at me. Then my brain tries to balance them out. Reading is very slow, I push letters together and work phonetically. I can read a sentence out loud at a reasonable speed now, but to understand what I actually read I have to allow myself the time for the images to create the scene.
The words start to move around and cut and change on me. Like looking at jig-saw pieces scattered on a table, then moving the pieces around inside my mind. I don’t know if this is my Aspergers, my dyslexia, a combination of both, with a bit of ADHD added to the mix.
As a preteen I loved the arcade
(There is a point to this)
At school I felt totally stupid all day, I knew I was slow at reading, slow at writing, slow at understanding, slow at copying from the board. In fact SLOW at doing any thing that was written down. I just couldn’t understand why my brain could not comprehend the information. Also I was terrified to ask because I always said the wrong things. But in the arcade I found comfort in games that went at the same speed as my hyper-active brain. I shared a post a while back about my love of video games as a child.
Here is the link…
It’s a funny post and gives plenty of insight and giggles at my 80’s Aspie-self. 😉
I found a couple of videos that may help to piece this together
What it is like for me to try to understand what is written down that is not personally connected to me, or of great interest. Trying to learn without visual aid is almost impossible for me. The speed of reading in a class room made no sense to me at all. I needed to see it, experience it, touch it…replay it, be able to move it around in my mind. Then it became real and the image gave understanding. I think this is why I like to watch films over and over again.
My mind likes to rhyme a lot of the time
I can read something and not understand it at all but my mind will find words that rhyme and it’s like they become flash cards that float off the page or computer screen. Just like the screens in the image above in the film The Minority Report. I think this is probably why Aspie kids are SO into touch screens, it’s familiar to them. It’s how I see, so maybe it’s how they see too. We’re all different though, I can only speak for myself and what I experience.
This first video is from the movie TRON
This reminds me of my lightening jumps and connections when I am planning and working out. It’s the speed my thoughts go at. They can go in tangents and change so quickly and at any time.
(Can you see a similarity to Sonic the hedgehog here…hehehe)
This second video is what dyslexia is like.
All dyslexics are different but this video is very similar to when I read. If I am reading about something I am fascinated by my visuals will keep up. Also if I am reading something written by someone I’m close to I can visualise what they write about and it becomes a video in my head. It’s like I have written it myself.
This is an excellent video and well worth watching.
So there you go…you can now leave my brain, the emergency exit is just on the right, or a click away.
Thank you for travelling Alienhippy style.
Love and hugs. xx 🙂