While poor automaticity in routine skills makes many individuals with dyslexia slower and less efficient on routine tasks, it also forces them to approach these tasks with a greater "mindfulness" or task awareness and to really think about what they're doing. As a consequence, we've found that individuals with dyslexia often innovate and experiment with routine procedures, and in the process find new and better ways of doing things. In contrast, individuals with strong procedural learning abilities quickly learn to perform these tasks without having to think about them. As a result, they less often feel the need to innovate.This explains Ben's approach to a lot of things, but especially to math. He gets frustrated by the procedure, but give him a little time and he'll figure out his own way to do it.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Homeschool Mother's Journal 11/26
Written by April at 9:35 AM