Dyslexia Symptoms - Right-Brained Learners and Visual-Spatial Learners

3 questions we often hear are:

  1. What is Dyslexia?
  2. Does my child have Dyslexia?
  3. What is the best Dyslexia Program?

We have worked with Dr. Linda Silverman from the Gifted Development Center in Denver.  Dr. Silverman uses the term visual-spatial learner -- to describe a student who learns differently.

We call these kids right-brained learners.

We have found that the keys to helping a visual spatial or right brained learner succeed include:

  • Identifying how they learn best
  • Identifying the other co-existing conditions -- visual-spatial learners and right-brained learners often have visual processing, auditory processing and/or attention issues
  • If they are a right-brained learner, then which is the best right-brained program for my child     with whatever co-existing challenges they have

Let's take two cases -- Matthew and Michael.

Matthew's mom asked the traditional questions and the answers were as follows:

"What is Dyslexia?"  Dyslexia is a problem with words and phonics.

"Does my child have Dyslexia?"   Yes, Matthew has Dyslexia.

"What is the best Dyslexia Program?"  The parents were told they needed an Orton Gillingham Program (R) that stressed phonics.

Matthew improved -- but he still struggled with the small words, he still skipped words and lines when reading, and his parents were incredibly frustrated with his inability to pay attention

Michael's parents were lucky.  They had read the works of Dr. Linda Silverman, Jeffrey Freed and Dr. Ned Hallowell.

The first question for them was, "Was their child a right-brained learner -- or a visual spatial learner?  The answer was clearly yes.  Michael remembered places he had visited, even from years ago; details from movies he had seen; and learned best when he saw and experienced information

Based on Jeffrey Freed's book "The Right-Brained Child in a Left-Brained World", they realized that ADHD and being a right-brained learner were common.  They also had Michael tested for a visual processing issue, and that too was an issue.

They looked for a program that addressed:

  • The sight word vocabulary and pattern recognition issues that often plague even the brightest right-brained learners
  • ADHD with natural solutions
  • The visual processing issues with tools that addressed both the tracking, and worked on cross mid-line exercies
  • Connectivity -- they realized they needed a program where their child could relate
  • Teaching them to be the coach and advocate their child needed

Both approaches can work -- but the integrated approach can often lead to faster, more significant and longer lasting gains -- because it addresses both the underlying issues, empowering the student, and providing the tools the parents need to help their right-brained learner to be successful in a left-brained world


Mira Halpert M.Ed. is the developer and director of the 3D Learner Program (R).  She has learned a great deal from the likes of Dr. Linda Silverman, Jeffrey Freed and Ned Hallowell.  Mira has four successful children -- two of whom are right-brained learner.  Mira believes  the right-brained learners can be Outrageously Successful with the right tools, the right motivation and when the parents learn how to be the coach and advocate their right-brained learner needs.  For more information go to Parents Make The Difference or call Mira at 561-361-7495