Hmmm that is a tall request. I've never tried to describe it in words before. I just experience it. But I'll try.Can you expound the procedure of "cognitive shift" that your brain made when you used ASL? Can you try and analyze step by step from original thought to the final sentence, dissect them and present them in ordered list? Tell us what your mind looked like, how your "processor" section analyze while compiling a sentence and verified that it accurately depicts your original thought?
Say one of my clients walked into my office and I know that they are going to use sign to communicate. My brain kind of goes on alert knowing what is going to happen next. Almost like when a dog pricks his ears up at some sound no one else heard. Then, when they begin to sign to me, it is almost like the right side of my brain feels slightly heavier than the left side. At that point, I am no longer thinking in words. I don't really see pictures in my head, unless I am not certain what is being communicated to me. Then I see pictures of the concept...I guess that is my brain's way of making sure I understand. But if everything is flowing smoothly, I just allow my brain to absorb the signs, and it is like I feel what is being communicated. No more words at all...just intuitive understanding based on the signs. Then when I switch back to English, the right side of my brain slowly goes back to feeling the same as the left side.
The problem is, when I start to write up my case notes, I have a problem trying to put our ASL conversation into words that really express the nature of our interaction. It always takes me longer to write case notes for my signing clients.
I don't know if that gets the point across, but if there are any questions, I'll try to add to it. It is kind of like, when someone says "chair" to me, I don't see a chair in my head, but I know exactly that the symbol they just said represents a chair. Same thing with ASL. I know the sign represents a concept, and I just understand the meaning without thinking about it. I just do it visually.