A number of mental health experts I spoke with — and even one study I found — supported the notion that watching with closed captioning serves a valuable role for those who struggle with focus and listening.
“I do see this a lot in my practice,” said Dr. Andrew Kent, an adolescent psychiatrist practicing in New York and Medical Director of New York START, Long Island. “I believe auditory processing is more easily impacted upon by distractions, and that they need to read [captions] to stay focused.”
Currently I’m geeking out on Grand Designs on Netflix. It evokes latent feelings of getting your hands dirty, sometimes literally, on designing your own space. As the synopsis suggests, “Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.” I may be late to the Grand Designs party and am partly disappointed that there are only two seasons on Netflix, I’m savoring every episode. I’m beginning to appreciate the United Kingdom countryside that’s reminiscent of Enid Blyton books from my childhood.
As any architect or even urban planner knows, the outcome is the easiest part but at the same time, the process is just as joyful and in fact more interesting. Check it out if you haven’t already.