Living with Dyslexia
I seem to have little or no alertness when looking at print. It can be exhausting, overwhelming, and nearly impossible to find a word or start of a sentence on a page of print. I look to see if I can recognize the word I'm trying to find. I can keep looking through all that text, but I cannot hear the words say themselves. On the other hand, while struggling visually to find a word on a page, the start of a sentence on a page, or even an icon on a page, sometimes I accidentally swiped my mouse across the word, hear my screen reader say the word, and instantly say "That's it. Where is it? It's as if my eyes are "deaf" but my ears are not. The words don't talk when I see them., but the words talk when I hear them. Next, I just need to find out where my mouse was when I heard the word, and I will have found the word.
For me, even common sight words or not processed fast enough for the real world if they're processed visually. For example, the words "push" and "pull" are common words to me. I can decode them accurately. However, when I approach a public door that has one of those words, I cannot quickly enough understand the meaning of the word to know if I'm supposed to pull or push. I can't keep walking and decode the word fast enough to know what to do when I get to the door. So, I walk up to the door with the plan to push then pull. On the other hand, if the door was equipped with a speaker which simply said either push or pull whenever someone gets close to it, my reaction would be instantaneous. I would simply do what was intended by the word without missing a step. I instantly understand what's being said when I hear it, but I don't hear anything at all when it's being said in print. To hear from the print, I must go syllable by syllable, sound out the words, say the words in my mind, and listen to what they are saying. The print words don't talk. The spoken words do.
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