This week’s mnemonic
clue is in response to two confusing terms: horizontal and
vertical. Individuals who have a right/left discrimination problem
find terms and concepts like these confusing because at first they do
not understand the concepts and later because they do not use the terms
enough to remember which one is which. Sometimes it is difficult to
know if the person does not know these terms because when the terms are
found in context the meaning is apparent. However, when asked to name
the direction without having the terms in front of the person, he or she
may find it difficult to remember which term goes with which concept.
Some times the person guesses correctly further masking the confusion.
The Mnemonic Clue
These terms can be distinguished and remembered with
the following mnemonic clue.
The sunrise and
sunset occur on the horizon, the horizon is horizontal.
A visual clue that can be used to help the person remember this clue is
the sun on the capital H or small h in horizon and
horizontal as illustrated in the following. Using the technique
of Weighted Learning, the person does not need to learn a clue for
vertical because if the term does not begin with an h then it is the
other term vertical.
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