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This website was written and designed by me, the author. I grew up with Adhd and Dyslexia and have a lifetime's experience with living with it. Due to having some friends who were psychologists and coaches who often dealt with executives in larger corporations, I came to learn of the existence of these "conditions" called Adhd and Dyslexia. They provided me with examples of people with these conditions and I learned of their experience with coaching senior executives with these conditions.

It created several "ah ha" moments for me as I came to learn about the traits that had been identified recently. I grew up in the 40's and 50's and went to college in the 60's prior to those conditions having even so much as a name.

So college was a difficult task. At that time I was not a "reader" and did not use reading much at all. Not knowing why reading was a problem nor that it was a problem at all kept me from the single most important source of college-oriented-input... reading. I was not a reader. That meant that my grades suffered a lot.

It is also important to note that at the University of Pennsylvania course instructors were themselves not trained at all in the art or teaching. They were mostly graduate students in the topic at hand and had no training and often very little experience in the art of teaching. That meant that they and their supervisors in their respective courses did next to nothing to "teach" as opposed to following a syllabus which had not been altered much for many years. It was all done by "rote."

One of the aspects to not knowing about not reading is that you don't know what is wrong. So, I would embark on a course that I thought would be really interesting to me to find that there were heavy demands to read a lot for each course. And I did not read much at all. So, my course input to me was lacking by a lot.

So, an art course where I learned how to paint or draw was easy and and art history course involving reading lots of books on the history were not useful at all. I just did not read them. It may be helpful to say why:

Whenever I embarked on taking up reading a book I got drowsy. My attention could be diverted easily onto anything else, I could fall asleep, the words on the book were jumbled in my mind. So, unless the book was filled with pictures and short 3/5 sentence paragraphs interspersed with pictures - somewhat similar to what are now called info-graphics - I got little from that book - as shown below:

The major offenders were the books I encountered in my German class. Those books, at the time, were set in German Old-Script which looked something like this:

That was a complete non-starter for me. None of those words had any previous in-perception-relationship to me at all. May as well have been Chinese.

Scanning Text

I am very aware of webpage "heat maps" and of "eye-movement-maps" done to observe how a person scans/reads webpages. In the case of webpages, most people "scan" the page jumping around from headlines and pictures and back again to revisit some previously scanned part of the page as they may find it compelling.

Most people do not actually read webpages at all.

Whereas, text in book-form is read and the page is not scanned… for most people that is. Reading book-text has also had its eye movements recorded. Most people read text in an easy sine wave pattern which is smooth and… more to come.

 

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