A- When a person struggles to correctly decode while reading aloud, anyone can guess that this person probably has a learning disability. Yet beyond struggles with reading, having a distorted sense of time or losing track of time on a regular basis is another aspect common when using picture thinking which we can resolve by using the learner’s strengths.
Disorientation (not getting the true facts from one’s surroundings) is a mental state that some learners use to solve problems and get different perspectives on real-world puzzles. However, without control of this same skill the learner will experience a distorted sense of time. Sleep is an excellent example of disorientation; it is common to wake up confused by how much time has actually passed.
Hyper focus is another facet of disorientation – when a person tunes out the rest of the environment in order to focus on one thing only. Hyper focus has its place in sports and many other places, but when a person repeatedly fails to complete tasks or assignments because he spends too much time on one step of the job, he needs to learn how to control his focus and better understand time.
With the three decades of ‘time’ I’ve worked with Learning Different children and adults, learning about the role of distortion of time that comes with ‘disorientation’ explains how struggling is often part of the profile of smart learners who struggle. Once we, as learners, realize our problems arise from how smart we are, the entire picture changes from needing to be fixed to being able to manage on our own.
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As Will Rogers once said about wasting time: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”