60 Years Old Dyslexic

60 years old, amblyopic, dyspraxic and probably dyslexic

I’m 60 years old, amblyopic, dyspraxic and probably dyslexic (I’ve never done any tests, but my daughter has and she has the same signs). What fascinates me about all three symptomologies is the way they affect the way we think. With experience I’ve got to the stage where I can identify dyspraxics and dyslexics by their thought processes. They think in patterns – not straight lines.

There is a clue to both dyspraxia and dyslexia in amblyopia – which is common in both groups.

In amblyopia the brain turns of a perfectly functional eye for no apparent reason. It was not until I went to university and studied geology that I found an explanation. In theory amblyopics don’t have 3-D vision or depth perceptions, but its was clear to me and other amblyopics that we do something in our heads to ‘visualise’ in 3D.

In geological mapping you have to ‘visualise’ complex 2-D images in 3-D and there is a lot of intensive training to teach that. I could not figure out what they were trying to teach. I assumed everyone could ‘visualise’ in 3-D. One of the lecturers spotted that I was different and took me aside and gave me a geological map. ‘Where’s the best place to drill for oil’. I just pointed ‘There’ . I could instantly ‘see’ in my head something that took my class mates hours of work. He that said ‘You’re blind in one eye aren’t you – its generally only students who are blind in one eye that have this ability.

Somewhere in early development my brain had figured out how to do 3-D without stereo vision, so the other eye was not needed.

I think something similar is going on with dyslexia and dyspraxia. I have ideational dyspraxia and can’t follow any kind of choreography. In a dance class I am an uncoordinated mess – but I am a talented and fluid improvisational dancer. A contradiction. You get the same contradiction in dyslexics who struggle with reading and writing but have fluid language skills.

The DDA’s as I call them ‘make there own’ rules and can’t follow others. It’s in their heads and society and many dyslexics don’t understand that.

-Andrew Stone

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