The amazingly strange human brain

12 Jan

How many % of the human brain is it that we are supposed to understand? 10% Then why is it that small things amaze, surprise and confuse me each and every day? 

I was teaching maths yesterday: telling the time. It s anew student, so I started right at the beginning. Write the numbers on the clock, draw arrows showing which way the hands went round the clock: I honestly thought it would be easy for him. 

arrows_whiteHe could TELL me which way the hands went but he could NOT draw the arrows. I was really confused. so we got a huge piece of plain paper and practised arrows. After a minute or two, he could draw an upward pointing arrow, but no matter what I tried he could simply NOT draw a downward facing one. I was mystified. 

To be honest it didn’t matter that much because he knew it and could show me. 

Then I got thinking. I profess to know quite a bit about autism: its what I currently specialise in. yet this I was not expecting. Think about it.

Autism and spatial awareness.

 The sensory experiences that are often experienced by those with autistic spectrum disorders and aspergers add to their differences of behaviour. The five senses which are usually talked about in isolation, will sometimes overlap and also be heightened (hyper) or depressed (hypo). Also these states of sensory information can change and be further confused by the static (white noise) perceived within these senses. This can make it difficult for autistic and non-autistic people to understand the environmental situation of each other.

The types of sensory perceptual deficits associated with Autism and Aspergers are unique.

These environmental distortions are varied, unpredictable and constantly changing.

For example, parts of the environment may disappear or people may be seen in pieces.

As a result those with Autism / Aspergers may experience the following:

  • Alienation
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor social skills
  • Low self esteem
  • System overload
  • Poor body awareness
  • Faulty information

Is it hardly any wonder then, that my student had trouble?


Remember, unless you can see the world through their eyes, there will always be something more to learn about autism. 



One Response to “The amazingly strange human brain”

  1. cftc10 January 12, 2013 at 22:04 #

    Reblogged this on cftc10.

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