Dyslexics: What We “Hear” May Not Be What You Said

“Ninety year old actress kidnapped by North Korean dictator.” – Say WHAT???

Santa Claus is thought to be the cause of the explosion.” –  Huh???

“My company is called “Constipated Services”?”  HaHaHa

All statements heard, and misunderstood, by  educated dyslexic/ADHD individuals.

Individuals with dyslexia have auditory processing issues.  If auditory processing is discussed only in the context of reading, then it may manifest as poor ability to use phonics to spell, issues with saying certain sounds or syllables, or problems with blending words.  However, auditory processing issues may also manifest in the individual’s interpretation of what he hears every day in the world around him.

One of our 15 year old students was in English class.  The teacher said they were going to talk about being verbs that day.  He got a puzzled look on his face and finally asked, “What do beans have to do with grammar?”

Confusion can reign supreme for a person with dyslexia.  Their reaction to this “misinformation” varies based upon their social skills, understanding of context, vocabulary, and ability to filter information before making a “fool” of themselves.  In a recent conversation, a person said they could not believe how some actresses name their children.  “For instance, Megan Fox just named her baby Dirty River Green.  What a horrid name for a child.”  (True name:  Journey River Green – actually not much better)

Auditory processing issues can be mistaken for ADHD.  If a person “miss-hears” a direction, it may look like he is not paying attention.  If a person has auditory memory problems and can only remember two items in a list and not five, he is blamed for not focusing or paying attention. Too often a child is tested only for ADHD and not auditory processing.  If they are only treated for the ADHD, the problems continue.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many dyslexic comedians?  Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, and Jay Leno are just a few of the ones that come to mind.  One wonders if their comedy has been fueled by the differences they perceive in the world around them?  Differences created by their dyslexia.

Auditory processing issues are a part of the dyslexic pattern.  Identifying and understanding the part that this plays in the child’s or adult’s interaction with the world is important to assist them to develop strategies that will help compensate  when someone says something that does not make sense to them.

Note:  Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a much more severe form of auditory processing deficits and may be separate from, or a part of, dyslexia.  https://qw88nb88.wordpress.com/living-with-auditory-processing-disorder/