Barking up the wrong tree

Barking2Has anyone noticed the actual problem with idioms and highly visual children?  Children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers and Autism are likely to have excellent visual strengths so mentioning an idiom to them sends them off into trying to sort out expressions like : Barking up the wrong tree!

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An idiom a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words’ denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase “kick the bucket” to mean “to die” – and also to actually kick a bucket.  Idioms are a big challenge to many highly visual students. Reflecting on this through the lens of mental imagery, I realised what the problem is.  Idioms are very visual, here are a few examples, that will send a visual thinker off into the wrong train of thought:

A hot potato                                               A penny for your thoughts

Actions speak louder than words          At the drop of a hat

Back to the drawing board                      Ball is in your court

Cut corners                                                Be glad to see the back of

Beat around the bush.                             Best of both worlds

Best thing since sliced bread                  Bite off more than you can chew

Blessing in disguise                                  Burn the midnight oil

Can’t judge a book by its cover              Caught between two stools

Costs an arm and a leg                             Cross that bridge when you come to it

Cry over spilt milk                                     Curiosity killed the cat

 

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