“MESSY” PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA CAN HAVE AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME ORGANIZING THEIR STUFF, LIFE, AND SCHEDULE.
1. They tend to make piles of things rather than to organize them and put them away. For these Dyslexics their “big picture” is not separated into parts.
2.Dyslexia have extremely messy bedrooms, lockers, desks, backpacks, purses, offices, and garages.
3. But they do have a tendency to know where individual items of importance to them are in these piles. Often they will also know when something has been moved. I have had some of our clients tell us that they see these “piles” complete in their minds.
4. The messy Dyslexia will generally not know however where the rest of their belongings that are not of importance to them are located.
One young client told us with Dyslexia he could see in his mind exactly where the components and programs of his computer games were but could never find his school backpack. He was able to visualize his computer game stuff and their location but he had not committed the visual of his backpack to memory because it was not important to him and he didn’t put in one place all the time so he could find it.
The need to “pile” is interesting. I believe it’s about the attempt to organize and keep a Dyslexic’s mind calm. I myself as a Dyslexic started out in my early years as a very messy person but I did know exactly or approximately where everything was.
I got tidier over the years for a couple of reasons. I had a house, children and a business to keep organized. My problem with my “piles” was it took too long to find things especially when I was running out the door with children, lunches, their “stuff”, my “stuff” and several stops to make.
Secondly I started to realize that when I was organized the “picture” of my life in my mind was calmer.
But I had to work very hard to change and I’m still not very good at it. We as Dyslexia get totally overwhelmed and confused with organization.
I do however have certain piles I feel I need to organize at some point. I have a tendency to make piles in cardboard boxes and carry them with me from home to work. I don’t know exactly where or what things are in that pile but I do have the calming knowledge that they are in that box somewhere.