# So what does this mean??

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While doing math with Otter yesterday, I found out that he perceives numbers as colors.

I wrote down the entire list of how he sees them and tested him today and sure enough....he went through and named them all as the exact same colors as yesterday.

Is this just weird or what?

1 is purple (dark)

2 is light yellow

3 is red (bright red)

4 is light green

5 is a very dark blue

6 is a very light pink

7 is a dark green

8 is a very light red

9 is a very, very dark purple

10 is red and white

He does tend to think outside the box! Anyone else do this or have kids who do this?

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It's called grapheme-color synesthesia.

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Yep, synesthesia. Lots of us here (and our kids) have it in various ways. This has come up before, so if you do a board search, you'll find some interesting reading. :D

Also, if you do a search on the internet, you'll find some neat stuff, too, including some neat tests.

For me, the colors of numbers and letters vary somewhat (some remain the same, while others change), but my months' colors do not; those are always the same.

It's nothing to worry about, and I find it is a *great* conversation topic! :D:D

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My youngest is like that, too, except 2 is red. :)

Synesthesia is not all that rare in children from what I've read. You might also ask your son if he associates music, odors, people with colors or images. Those are the other things that affect my son.

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Several years back my two older kids got into a discussion about the color of numbers at the dinner table. It was interesting, particularly how similar their codes were.

I have a good friend who sees colors when she hears music - for example A flat is pink, G is orange.

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Yes, my older son does this. He also associates certain colors/numbers with things he likes, mediocre things, or things he strongly dislikes. Certain days used to be a color/number according to the activities he had to do on those days, etc.

What about black? He doesn't associate black with anything?

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