Dyslexic Thinking Under Pressure
When someone is extremely confused, their mind will not perceive accurately from their surroundings. They will not see or hear accurately. Their sense of time and balance will be distorted. We call this disorientation. Meaning what your brain is processing is not what is actually happening in the environment.
Have you ever been in your car, stopped at the traffic lights? Your mind is busy thinking about other things. Then you have the sensation your car is rolling backward! So you put your foot on the brake. Suddenly you realise it wasn’t your car moving backward, it was the car next to you moving forward!
If that has happened to you, then you have experienced disorientation. Your brain perceived you were moving backwards but in actual fact, the car next to you was moving forward. Information was not being processed by your brain accurately. Your mind was too busy thinking about something else.
So for a dyslexic thinking under pressure disorientation is an automatic involuntary response to confusion.
Confusion is often when dealing with: letters, words, symbols, punctuation, numbers. A dyslexic thinking under pressure is trying to find meaning, but for them there is none. Therefore they are unable to perceive meaning from text and in most cases find it difficult to read.
For a dyslexic thinking under pressure, disorientation is very inconsistent. It can vary minute by minute or day by day. This explains why a dyslexic person inconsistently transposes letters, numbers and words. On a day where disorientation is minimal, a dyslexic will not make as many mistakes. In contrast when disorientation is severe copious mistakes are made. This inconsistency gives teachers and parents mixed signals. Common responses are; “I know you can do it, you did it yesterday.” or “You’re not trying hard enough”.
(Take a look at the dyslexic coping behaviors video to find out what happens next.)
If your child has had special education at school or had a remedial tutor and continues to struggle, there is help and hope. Don’t wait for your child to struggle for another year.