There was a video posted on Facebook that I thought was really interesting. It's called "A Deafblind Story: Teaching & Processing" It's in American Sign Language, but there's a written transcript in the Comments section for the "ASL-impaired" Heh.
I agree that I need more "processing time" to think and absorb new information, new experiences, and the like. Isn't it funny that the less "senses" we have, the more emotional involved and analytic we get?
Could it be because we're so tactile sensitive? We can get over-stimulated just on touch alone? A gentle rub on my arm can send chills and shocks up my arm and make the hair on the back of my neck stand up straight; patting my lower back feels like whip-cracks. I remember a time walking into the kitchen, feeling some heat on my arm, turned to the stove and thought I must have left a burner on, searched every dial but everything was off, then I realized it was from the 40 watt bulb in the hood above the stove, crazy eh?
I grew up attending the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Summer Camp up at "Lake Joe" with other kids who were both blind and deafblind. I remember one instance on a daytrip to a petting zoo. There was another Deafblind boy who was dependent on tactile communication only. He went around and petted all the goats, miniature horses and sheep. About 20 minutes later he's sitting crosslegged and curled up in a corner of the park. I asked his intervenor if he was alright and he explained that after every new experience he completely shuts down so he can process everything. So the rule was leave him alone, otherwise he'd have a temper-tantrum at the over-stimulation.
Even when I'm chatting with Randy, he knows now that I don't respond right away because I'm still analyzing what he said. It was frustrating for him at first I bet because a "normal" conversation is back-n-forth....not a 30 second or 1 minute pause especially on emotionally sensitive subjects.
So I guess we as Deafblind people don't like to be rushed, disconnected, or swept aside.
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon