You misunderstood what I was talking about Forum. The learning disabled are very rare at an Ivy league school. He was gifted... not disabled.<quoted text>
Stress and trauma changes our body chemistry.
Blocking out memories that are too overwhelming
keeps us from reality. Someone makes up names for
what they can see of a human trying to survive
with what is left of his self worth. Why didn't you
help him to draw the number with his hand. His hand
probably hurt him and kept him from drawing right. He just
This kid was brilliant. Brighter than myself and most people that I have encountered when it came to mathematics.
He could write numbers just fine. And besides being fidgety you would never have known that he was different from anyone else.
It is how he saw numbers in his head that was astounding.
He didn't see Arabic numerals being worked with.
He perceived numbers as shapes that he could manipulate to represent other numbers. Besides the square with pinwheels analogy... the only other phrase I could use to describe it is geometric shapes with complex clockwork.
He told me he wasn't the only one like that. So, maybe tonight I will putz around and see if I can't find another example of what he did.