Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD What To Consider When Seeking FCAT Help or an FCAT Program


Does your child:

- Remember places visited, even from years ago?
- Remember details from movies?
- Learn best when they see and experience information?

If this fits your child, they may be a right-brained learner.

When children have Dyslexia, a Learning Disability or ADHD, the normal reaction is to take them to a tutor or a learning center -- for more small group or one-on-one help. Most learning centers offer a very logical, sequential and discipline process. They work through a structured curriculum, repetition and more practice.

The challenge is that most students with Dyslexia, a Learning Disability or ADHD have three, four or five of the following challenges:

  1. The small words kill them on the FCAT -- words like what, if, what is the best, however and other words or phrases that do not generate a natural picture
  2. These students do not recognize words they have previously "learned"
  3. They have trouble paying attention when they are doing worksheets, repetitive exercises or taking the FCAT -- whether they have ADHD or do not have ADHD
  4. They often have visual tracking or reversal challenges
  5. The anxiety of the high stakes FCAT results in their FCAT Scores being well below their potential

Most FCAT help and FCAT Programs only tangentially address these issues -- and very few address them all.

The assessments learning centers use are good at highlighting subject areas where the student struggles -- but they do not focus on the strengths and challenges that a right-brained learner will often have.

Right-brained assessments and right-brained programs might offer the type of help your child needs.

What do right-brained assessments and right-brained programs do differently?

  1. They try and confirm if your child is a right-brained learner
  2. They should test for ADHD, visual tracking and the anxiety challenges that often plague the right-brained learner
  3. They should address the relevant issues -- sight word vocabulary, pattern recognition, visual tracking, attention and/or anxiety
  4. They should share test taking strategies that work for the right-brained learner
  5. They should help you to be the coach and advocate your right-brained child needs

Mira Halpert M.Ed. had a daughter who struggled with Dyslexia, a Learning Disability and ADHD. Then Mira realized she was a right-brained learner. To see if your child is a right-brained learner take this Right-Brained Survey and call her at 561-361-7495