19 March 2011

Uh - sorry, no.

You Are a Auditory Learner

You tend to remember what you hear, and you have a knack for speaking well.

You excel at debating, foreign languages, and music.

You would be an excellent diplomat - or rock star!

This is HYSTERICALLY wrong since I have a learning disability called CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Deficit/Disorder/Deficiency/insert your favourite "D" word here).

This means that I most certainly am NOT an auditory learner. In fact, this is my least favourite way to learn, and it is the least effective way for me to learn.

If you've ever watched television with me, you know I use the captions. And if you've ever had a class with me, you know I use CART services, which is like having a captionist with me, so I can read the lecture off of a laptop in real time. After class, the transcript of the class would also get sent to me so I could take notes, because if I try to take notes while I'm listening, my brain gets completely overwhelmed. With the CAPD, I can either listen or write - doing both at the same time is a complete cluster.

Although having CAPD sometimes results in some funny moments. Another CAPD effect is that the brain will mis-translate sounds. For instance, a friend of mine once said that her friends like to meet in Philly because it's "a central location." Now, this is a friend from my MPH programme, so she knows about my CAPD. I gave her a look and asked her why they met in Philly. She repeated the reason. I asked her again. She repeated it. I said, "I'm sorry - one more time?" She finally said, "What are you hearing?"

"A sexual location."

But the most frustrating thing for me is that CAPD-ers have a really difficult time with word recall. I know everyone has those "Ooh, what's the word I'm trying to think of" moments, but imagine how often you have them, and then imagine that you have them several times a day. And then imagine that EVERY time you're stressed or anxious you have them. Most CAPD-ers are intelligent people, so it's especially frustrating when it happens. For me (I won't speak for all of us), I usually get a visual picture of the word I want. So I can access the idea of the word, but not the word itself. And sometimes it'll be up to a two weeks before I get the word. My friend Kirsten has become especially adept at helping me with this. "Kirsten! I need a word! The word that means, like, a mountain with ice! It's all shiny!" It ended up the word I wanted was reflection.

It's fun being me.

But the bottom line: This meme is SOOOOO wrong!

1 comment:

  1. Although you would be an awesome rock star!! (and if you can't carry a tune so much the better- you can sing for Nascar!)