long intro thread
I am a retired home educating parent (of 18 years) of 4 children who had varying special educational needs #SEN who have now moved on to school and college.
I studied at #UCL for a BA in Scandinavian Studies in the 90s, but did not finish the degree for various reasons including undiagnosed/ untreated ADHD.
I've also started a number of other courses including a Combined Social Sciences degree with the #OU
@ordabchao mi lernas esperanto @ duolingo 😊
(I've just started about a month ago, going slowly. But it's something I've wanted to do for ages because my Dad loved Esperanto.)
#science How we produce language reliably is tricky enough, but how do people who are fluent in multiple languages keep them straight? This paper from 2016 compared neural activity in individuals fluent in both a spoken and sign language. The anterior cingulate (ACC) is an area that is very involved in error monitoring, task switching, goal maintenance, and similar processes; and in these tasks, it was specific for whichever language they had to respond in. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00616/full
The questions I had most difficulties with were the ones that asked how other people perceive me. I have absolutely no idea.
I just scored 188 (very high) on the RAADS-R #Autism test. Not conclusive of course, and some of the questions did not have options that applied. I am waiting for a re-Assessment. Previously I was told I can't be Autistic because I made eye contact during the Assessment. 😕
#ADHD definitely affects the presentation though.
If I am not Autistic I'd like to know why I struggle so profoundly socially. (I always think I'm good at the social game until I have no friends.) 😕
I also try to include a kind of calming introductory practice I call #MorningTime every day:
• Secular alternative to #Prayer (I'm still working on developing this)
• #Memory work
#Politics / Civics & Government
Retired Homeschooler/ Home Educator with chronic illness continuing my own education informally from home. #MotherCulture
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