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Coping with Color Coding
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kgtys posted:
I am new to this site so I'm not sure where or how exactly to post this.

I have a coping mechanism which I wonder might be attributed to ADD. It is hard to focus on any black and white text unless I enhance the text w/ color by highlighting everything or putting brightly colored stickers everywhere. As a musician, these problems all translate into reading music. When I am rehearsing a new piece in an orchestral setting, I must spend time marking cuts with brightly colored stickers, writing my name in my part to get my attention in order to count well in a certain place etc., and obsessively marking accidentals because I know I would miss them if they weren't marked. In order for me to organize anything I must, for example, make a color coded calendar or a To Do list (in which each item is a different color, size and font.)

I know there are different learning styles, mine weighted in the Visual category, but I am having a great deal of trouble functioning in a predominantly black and white world. I wouldn't mind if this weren't affecting my work negatively. It just takes longer to get the job done when everything has to be translated and differentiated into color, size, and pleasing font. And I must admit I am somewhat embarrassed to be "found out" and labeled as "slow".

I would appreciate anyone who could direct me towards any links related to this subject, relating their personal experience, anything that has helped etc.
Thanks -CL
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Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi CL,

Welcome to the community. Please feel free to join our discussions. Many people have difficulties with color or depth vision.

Have you ever tried colored overlays? You can buy them for books, papers, or your computer. Also, talk with your eye doctor about tinted glasses or to refer you to a vision therapist.

Here is a video that discusses vision therapy .
and
Google Search: Vision Overlays

Let me know if you need more information.

Take care,

Lainey
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