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The Dyslexic Thinking Style
People with dyslexia have a unique thinking style most commonly referred to as visual-spatial. It is estimated that one-third of our population thinks this way. Not everyone with this thinking style develops the problems associated with dyslexia. To better understand this thinking style, Mind Over Dyslexia uses the terminology set out by Ronald D. Davis in his book The Gift of Dyslexia: namely 'picture thinking' (visual) and 'disorientation' (spatial).
People Generally Think on Two Levels...
This clip from the HBO film Temple Grandin, 2010, illustrates the idea of being a picture thinker. Dr. Temple Grandin is a world famous animal scientist and autism self-advocate. Although autism is different from dyslexia, the idea of picture thinking is the same and can be experienced in differing degrees.
Disorientation is a natural occurrence which happens to most everyone. When it occurs, all of the senses (except taste) can be altered and so one's perception and what is happening in reality are not in agreement. If you look at an optical illusion you can experience disorientation in the form of perceived movement.
Dyslexics unconsciously use disorientation throughout their day as a reaction to something interesting or confusing. Their thinking process becomes spatial, allowing for pictures to be viewed in three dimensions (3-D), like a camera panning around an object. By experiencing multiple views, more information is gathered.
While creating the drawings, an architect can disorient and imagine the 3-D structure coming together.
This optical illusion is a stationary image but most people sense movement when they look at it. This is a simple example of disorientation.
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