Imagine that your child has the brain of a Ferrari, the brakes of a bicycle, and a shattered windshield.
You probably can easily imagine this description, especially if you answer “yes” to these five key questions:
- Is your child highly active?
- Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Does your child lose focus when the work is boring or frustrating?
- Does your child skip words and lines when reading?
- Does your child get anxious and impatient when doing homework and taking tests?
Over the past 15+ years, we have worked with thousands of smart kids like yours and understand the challenges they – and your whole family – face:
- nightly homework struggles;
- a revolving door of tutors;
- high stress; and
- forfeited downtime.
This cycle of frustration can lead to low self-esteem and high anxiety not only for your child but also for you, since you, like many parents, have been struggling to find a solution to help your child read and learn more easily.
3D Learner has developed a practical and effective solution. We understand that there is a pattern to both the challenges and strengths of your child – and millions of others like him or her – and address the simple fact that they learn differently.
Like millions of other kids, your child learns differently because he or she is a visual learner, a 3D Learner.
What is a visual learner?
Visual learners learn best when they see and experience information. They often have a combination of attention, visual processing, auditory processing and other related challenges – some of which have been misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.
They also have great strengths. They are creative, conceptual, big-picture thinkers whose strengths can far outweigh their challenges if they are trained to apply their innate abilities to reading and learning
What we’ve learned from our visual students is that while they often have challenges when it comes to reading, eye tracking, attention, processing, or memory issues, they also have superior strengths in their visual, creative, and problem-solving abilities.
Teaching visual learners, also known as right-brain learners, in a linear and logical way is not only unproductive it is also unfair. Right-brain visual learners do not understand sequencing, because order is not important to them. They do not understand what they’re reading, because their eyes move all over the page and/or they can’t read the words.
What they also do not understand is that they possess natural abilities that will more than compensate for their difficulties in following the rules of a traditional classroom. By training them on how to use their strengths, they will be able to tap into their innate aptitudes and perform well in any situation, including classroom participation and homework.
Once you understand your child’s strengths and learning abilities, you will be able to better advocate for your child at school. You’ll have the data, the tools, and the coaching support to ask and secure the resources that work for your child.
What We Do
Through 3D Learner’s integrated and innovative program, we work with you and your child to:
- Identify your child’s challenges and strengths
- Teach your child to apply his or her strengths
- Train you on how to be your child’s advocate from a position of strength
For more information, how our program works.
- Download 3D Learner Founder Mira Halpert’s short uplifting book Life is a Ball, Don’t Put Me in a Box to better understand how your child learns and how to leverage his or her strengths.
- Take the free 3D Learner Assessment to see if your child is a visual learner.
- After you take the assessment, give us a call to ask us questions. We’ll help you better understand what your child is dealing with, and what you can do to make a positive difference. You will also have the opportunity to join our weekly conference call.
The right approach to reading
Not everyone learns to read the same way.
Schools teach reading in a logical, factual way, with lots of words and details. They teach to the child who sees things in black and white, in steps and in sequence. These students can understand reading from part to whole, breaking up a word by specific rules or exceptions to the rules, to both read and comprehend.
We have been primed as parents through studies to think that a logical, sequential teaching approach is the absolute best way for children to become successful readers. These studies show how brains can “change” when children are drilled to say certain sounds. [can we link to studies?]
However, for a large subset of children, these phonemic-based techniques often do not translate into understanding how to read or what they are reading. After hours of tutoring and effort, thousands of children are still not successful readers. [can we link to any studies/quantify #s?] In fact, they are anti-readers. They do not enjoy reading, and in many cases they have given up on the written word.
This group of students are visual learners and big-picture thinkers. They see things from whole to part, do not take note of order, and are random and flexible thinkers. The technique of parsing words into small phonemes, repetitive drills, and out-of-context memorization does not make sense to them or help them with reading or comprehension. Even if they can decode a word, it does not mean they can understand it.
To the visual learner, letters are just letters, words are just words. Until they equate a visual picture with the word, the word has and will continue to have no meaning.
For visual thinkers to learn to read, they need to unlock their creativity, not squelch it with rules and drills. How frustrating these techniques must be for these kids! They become anxious and often simply shut down. For them to succeed, we must tap their natural ability to learn and think visually.
If you think about it, it’s only in our schools that we want our students to think and learn the same way. Just think of the value of creativity and flexibility in the entrepreneurial world!
The Five Reasons Why Traditional Teaching Environments Do Not Work [Let’s review to clarify]
- School-based and outside assessments focus on what is wrong with children and often overlook their strengths.
- School-based assessments and goals focus on reading fluency and four-out-of-five goals (e.g., four out of five times your child will answer inferential questions correctly) and do not identify and address the key goal most parents want: dramatically improving their children’s reading comprehension and love of reading.
- Attention and anxiety issues often are missed [in assessments?], and when they are identified, recommendations are often for ADHD medication, anxiety medication and/or counseling. The assessors often do not offer natural and effective solutions that speak to their strengths, including time-tested and effective tools like the Interactive Metronome® and Brain Gym®
- Eye-teaming issues that greatly affect reading – from how fast a child reads to how much they can comprehend – often go unidentified and unaddressed.
- Parents do not have an integrated way to identify, understand resolve learning differences, attention, anxiety and eye-teaming issues.
What to do
Whether your children are learning to read or learning in general, observe and listen to them and encourage them to use their creative skills. If reading instruction is not working and your children are not reading, understand that the instruction is not working and find another way! Your children will forever be grateful that they were recognized for their creativity and they will learn valuable skills – even if it was not learned the same way as everyone else.
If you think you are lucky enough to have a child who might be a visual learner, take our free 3D Learner Assessment and then call 561-361-7495 for a Success Strategy Session.