Marson Nance’s wife doesn’t have to worry about him leaving her; she simply says his sense of direction is so bad, if he did go back to his parents on the east coast he’d probably end up in Nevada (where they live) anyway. When she tells him to turn left, he’ll always turn right.
Then it adds:
“The matter of left-right confusion, which is found in those who suffer from dyslexia…”
I think this article gets it wrong.
From my experience it’s simplistic and misleading to say dyslexia involves confusion with directionality. What I’ve found is that sometimes people with dyslexia get confused around language/specific words that signify directionality, such as “left” and “right” or “east/west.” Oftentimes the confusion happens when one has to quickly supply the correct word to a spatial direction. The reverse is also true; attaching the right meaning to a direction word. The weakness is not directionality per se. Fast processing of the command “Raise your right hand” can show the inefficiency in processing the language/word but not the actual spatial awareness.
I have known plenty of people with dyslexia who are amazingly talented in sensing and knowing direction and space, and especially while using landmarks or other visual anchor points as reference. I’ve been with Alaskan commercial fisherman and sailors who show amazing abilities to “read the waves” and are able to navigate waters with the most subtle of visual and kinesthetic of cues.
Of course there are people who really do have real impairments with directionality but that is a co-occuring condition with dyslexia sometimes, and other times it exists soley on its own. As usual, one size does not fit all.
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