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Reading Update

Posted by Admin on February 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I think I've finally figured out my issue with reading....AND I am starting to read better again!  My issue is with my reading speed.  I really enjoy reading things quickly.  Sometimes, though I read it TOO quickly, and I miss words or even skip an entire line.  This is sort of like trying to have a conversation on a cell phone with REALLY bad reception.  I can read some of it, but without reading enough of the material I lose the context.  This makes me have to re-read it.  Over and over and over again.  However, if I read too slowly, I get bored and my mind begins to wander.  (I think this is where my ADHD plays a part in the issue.)  I'm reading every single word, but I'm not connecting them because these other thoughts are interrupting the connections.  It's as if I would read "See Jane run." as "See 'I need to email' Jane 'my Mom' run."  I'm trying to read the sentence, but I'm thinking about the fact that I need to email my Mom.  Instead, my brain tells me that Jane needs to email her Mom, and the word run is completely out of context.  

 

So, as you can see, I do not have dyslexia.  (At first I thought I did because I didn't know why the words were getting so mixed up in my head.)  The reading too fast also explains why I may read whole words out of order.  Instead of reading "See Jane run."  I may read "Jane run see." because I realize I've missed a word and I go back to read it (even though now it's out of order).

 

The solution?  When I start to notice that I'm not reading well, I need to slow myself down.  If it gets too slow, I carefully adjust the speed and focus in on the word I'm reading.  Then I think about the word I've read, form a picture of that word in my mind, and read the next word until I start to comprehend the text again.  Once I start to understand what I'm reading, I can speed up a bit more so that it doesn't get too boring.  

 

I'm still practicing this, but I was able to read a full chapter of an adult size novel on my own!  I haven't done that in a few years.

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4 Comments

Reply Jim
9:39 AM on February 18, 2014 
I found out late in life that I have Aspergers. I know no body else that does. I have no friends n my life. This is the first blog I saw and first time reaching out. I will continue to read this if I can find u again. Quazzey looking 4 life answers. Thank you 4 listing.
Reply Simon
2:56 AM on March 12, 2014 
I too want to move faster than I should when I'm reading. I have to remember to slow down. Sometimes, I'll use my finger to point to the words so that I can absorb the words at the right rate that turns it into a picture in my head. Do you also get ahead of yourself wanting to think/memorize too much at one time?
Reply Paola Landau
6:53 PM on March 27, 2014 
Hi, my name is Paola. I also have aspergers syndrome. Im in my late thirties. I have had a lot of life experiences. I do have plenty of experience dealing with aspergers, depression anxiety etc.Feel free to ask me anything you need
Reply Isabel
6:59 PM on June 30, 2014 
Thank you for posting this. My daughter has Aspergers and she reads this way too. She is a great reader and I couldn't understand why she skipped or read wrong, or misunderstood but this makes so much sense. IT'S HER SPEED!!! I will remind her too slow down!