There is no DSM Code for the Visual Learner
A dyslexia specialist recently said to us “There is no DSM code for a Visual Learner” …meaning that it is not specifically identified as a Disability.
The DSM or The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the medical reference book that provides psychologists, psychiatrists and others with a clear definition of what conditions are. Terms like Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and ADHD are defined in this manual.
The Visual Learner is a term we use to describe and empower a child who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information, and is thus able to visualize or recreate that experience “in their head”. Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, recently started a Charity called Made By Dyslexia. Here is a link to their survey to determine whether a person has dyslexia, as he does. You will notice that most of the questions describe a Visual Learner.
In 1995, we discovered that when we shifted from labeling our daughter as having dyslexia to helping her learn the way a visual learner learns best, everything changed. Her confidence was strengthened, reading comprehension soared, she started to love reading, her GPA improved and she ultimately achieved her dream of becoming the “Teacher she never had”.
We now realize that most smart struggling students have some combination of being a visual learner (the ability to visualize concepts, experiences), having attention, eye-teaming and other related issues, but quite often they have not learned to use that skill when learning-and especially when reading! We have often noticed that by the time kids get to middle or high school they have even SHUT OFF that ability and we need to “re-teach” it to them!
These students can be far more successful when their parents realize that most schools and psychologists do not identify or help the visual learner with an approach that teaches to their child’s strengths. Students are often not engaged in the learning process so they think they are not that smart. When they ARE engaged- like in science lab, art, music, computer, they seem to “light-up”!
AS PARENTS -We could and should make the difference.
We have to be the ones that lead the way.
3D Learner Helps Parents to Understand and He;lp Their Visual Learner
- Our Success Assessment screens for the visual learner and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming or related challenge
- Our Focus Assessment measures your child’s reading speed and comprehension and directly assesses for an attention and eye-teaming issue. To see how we use the Interactive Metronome ® and Visagraph visit our Focus Assessment Page
- Assessing for Success is far different than assessing for a disability. We use the Structure of Intellect(R) Assessment to identify how a child learns best. It does also identify areas that need strengthening, but students are often immediately empowered by knowing they ARE good at many learning skills. Often these skills are NOT the ones that are immediately noticeable or used in school.
- Teaching to a Student’s strengths by using their visualization skills to look for patterns in spelling as well as meaning (or multiple meaning) helps students