FAQs About Dyslexia, Testing For Dyslexia, and Dyslexia Programs

3D Learner FAQ

While parents often have many questions, on this page we attempt to answer the questions that we hear the most. Please contact us if you have more specific questions about the 3D Learner Program or learning disabilities in general.

 Discovery Phase About Dyslexia and The Symptoms of Dyslexia

Question:

What are the critical steps in addressing my child's situation?

Answer:

1- You want to resolve to understand the key issues, consider your options, take the appropriate actions and follow through
2- Talk with professionals you respect.  There are a number of professionals who can help. Who you talk to can be the single most important step.  Many people have told us we were the most helpful because we offer a unique combination of experiencing the challenges as a parent and professionals and have been successful with many students and parents  from many backgrounds.  You want to make sure you talk with professionals who have experience with methods that fit your child and yourself.
3-  Get an effective assessment. This is the Discovery Phase There are many tools that are effective.  We use the Structures of Intellect because it effectively highlights the underlying strengths and weaknees, including auditory and vision issues.  It is also time and cost effective.  Be wary of those who jump to a solution or want to spend an enormous amount of money on  testing alone.  We often refer prospective clients to others, because their child does not fit the 3D Learner Profile, but they would benefit from what another educational consultant, physician, speech professional, optometrist,  audiologist or other professional would offer.
4-   Do a program that fits your child's needs and your budget.  Look for a program that has been around, has proven results and where you can check references.  Make sure they do parent training and do it well. This is the Development Phase
5-  Follow through with a vengeance--This is the Doing It Phase  The key is that both the parents and the child make the required changes to be successful.

Question:

Parents are often very frustrated with their child and their schools. What are the key things that 3D Learner can do for them in the Discovery Phase?

Answer:
We can help you learn that:
· Often schools will underestimate your child's potential
· Your child may be more talented than even you thought they were
· That not taking action or taking incremental action is a high risk option
· There are specific actions you can take that will make a difference in both your child's life and your life.
· What others have experienced which can validate what 3D Learner offers?
· Our assessment process is designed:

o    To  determine if your child is a 3D Learner

o    To identify the issues and possible solutions From people who have successfully raised two 3D Learners, spoken with hundreds of parents, taught many students, helped many parents and tried many other solutions

o    We provide references of students who have been through our program

o    We provide insight into your child's dominant learning style, vision and auditory status and learning strengths and weaknesses. Our Structures of Intellect assessment is very well-suited to these students

Question:
You focus more on learning style than IQ, why?

Answer:
Knowing the child's learning style may be more important than their baseline IQ. For the 3D Learner, who does very well with hands-on visual teaching and very poorly with semantic, or just word, explanations and testing, the IQ test will often indicate a very low IQ. When we meet the child and test them with a non-reading test, we find they are often average or higher in more than half and sometimes 75% of the categories. Once we teach them to master spelling, vocabulary and reading, their "Intelligence" remarkably improves.

Question:
Are their gifted children with learning disabilities?


Answer:
Yes, and this may be a very large and untapped market. Many inventors, like Einstein and Edison, and many entrepreneurs, like Disney, are gifted hands-on learners, who have experienced difficulty in our schools. We have had individuals with IQs as high as 160, who did not see college as a possibility due to their learning challenges. We have helped students like this make great progress, and this particular individual is now well on his way to his college degree.

Question:
Reading Disabilities, Dyslexia, and ADHD all cause parents to be concerned. What are the pros and cons of this situation?

Answer:
The good news is that there have been many talented 3D Learners including:

· Albert Einstein
· Thomas Edison
· General George Patton
· Walt Disney

3D Learners often have many positive attributes that will make their adult lives more effective, including:
· Strong interpersonal skills
· Being very creative
· Persistence
· Ability to visualize the end in mind and energize others

Unfortunately, the con is that most schools are unable to teach the 3D Learner in the way he or she learns and therefore, the student is labeled as "learning disabled."
With the right help, these students can:
  • Recognize their strengths and address their weaknesses
  • Improve their self-esteem and self-control
  • Learn to read, spell, do vocabulary and handle math word problems more effectively
  • Work more effectively with their parents, teachers and others
  • Become a very effective self-advocate

3D Learning FAQFor better or worse, it is often the parents' Responsibility to act if their child is to reach their potential

Question:
How do I know if my child is Dyslexic, ADHD or a 3D Learner?

Answer:

Dyslexia and ADHD are more clinical terms that we leave to clinicians or to others to test for. We have found the 3D Learner label to be very effective in identifying and empowering the student who learns most effectively with a hands-on visual approach. 

Question:
Can I rely on my school to make the right diagnosis?

Answer:
You can rely on the school to make a diagnosis, but beware of certain items:

Your school is trying to properly assess the child per their legal obligations. This usually results in a diagnosis for ADHD, Dyslexia, or Specific Learning Disabilities. These are all very helpful in terms of getting the proper accommodations, but rarely lead to the gains you and your child need. The advantages of our Discovery Process is that we:
· First look for strengths and learning style issues to build the student's self-esteem and then confirm their dominant learning style
· Next we look for underlying vision and auditory issues. We not only identify many critical issues, we also have qualified professionals the students can see, if necessary.
· We identify the learning issues that need to be addressed.

Question:
Is this condition hereditary and is it curable? If so, how quickly?

Answer:
Yes, there often is a hereditary element, but it is not a disease. It is often a difference in preferred learning styles. Some see this as a disability and others contend it is a gift. We see it as a gift-disability, where the student has some unique skills others lack, but they must overcome their shortcomings to reach their potential. The time required to make significant progress can be weeks or months depending on the students desire to change and the parent's willingness and ability to help. Fortunately, the change can be relatively quick if everyone is committed to the process.

Question:
Are medical issues contributing factors to the problems?

Answer:
Yes, vision and auditory issues are often part of the problem and the solution. It is critical to address both the educational and medical issues. Fortunately, our assessment helps to identify these issues. We are not medical doctors, but we do work closely with clinicians and will refer you to doctors when necessary. Too often, parents are told their child has 20/20 vision, only to find out later there are other visual issues which makes reading difficult. Our assessment checks for this and we team with vision specialists to make a correct medical diagnosis and appropriate steps to address the issues.

Question:
What if we take no action at all?   

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Nobody can predict the future. Many students progress at only half a grade per year. The chart below shows a second grader who progresses at this rate versus one who closes the gap. The difference could be a student on grade level versus a student 3 years behind 4 years from now.

 

Development Phase

3D Learning - Development PhaseQuestion:
What makes the 3D Learner Process effective?

Answer:
There are many factors that make us effective including:
· Mira Halpert, our Executive Director, has worked with hundreds of students and successfully given this program to over 140 students.
· We focus our teaching in one location, and we can tailor our core program to meet your needs
· Our location and attitude provide the student with a very positive experience where they can learn and enjoy simultaneously
· Our approach focuses on our students strengths and we focus on:
o Their self-esteem
o Reading and related issues
o Math skills
o Self-control
o Key concepts like consequences, responsibility and control
o The student, helping the parents and re-entry back into the system
o Parenting, coaching and advocacy
 
· We have been successful with many students and have learned from our successes, our challenges and the experiences of our clients.
· We have integrated many improvements into our process including:

o The Structures of Intellect Assessment ®

o The Interactive Metronome ®, which is a fantastic new innovation that helps with focusing, handwriting and much more Other Valuable Tools

· Our staff all has their unique strengths and we leverage them to help your child

Question:
Is all the training done at your Boca Raton, Florida location?

Answer:
For the most part, yes. Certainly for large numbers of students we can do a local program. We have found the students make the most progress when they are totally immersed in this effort.

Question:
Is it really possible to make dramatic progress in just 5 days?

Answer:
Yes and no. Our training is just the beginning of the improvement process. In 5 days we can make great strides, but the improvement process requires far more work. We provide the tools required to realize your child's potential.

Question:
Should we do the training during the summer or during school breaks?

Answer:
We have seen great results when the training is done both during the school year and during the summer. It is best to do the training as soon as possible to avoid on-going problems. School breaks are a possibility, but we warn you to avoid burnout. These children often need a break from the tension.

ADULTS
Question:

Have you helped adults and what has been the result?

Answer:
Yes, we have helped adults from their early 20s to their late 50s. The results have been good to exceptional. The exceptional results have occurred where:

· The adults really want to change
· The adults come with specific challenges they want to concur
· The adults are open to implementing their changes in multiple areas

Question:
Why are you successful with adults?

Answer:
Two key reasons:

· I have experience doing it. Adults are far more challenging and very rewarding, if you do it right. We have learned a great deal from our experiences and are well positioned to help adults. The key is that the adult must want the change, versus someone else trying to fix them
· Our approach can be tailored to meet adult's needs.

Question:
What are the key benefits for adults?

Answer:
Self-esteem is the single biggest benefit.

· Our SOI assessment, which does not test reading skills, often shows a highly talented person with several key challenges. This confirms the raw talent and enables us to focus on the issues
· Our approach is positive, designed to result in dramatic improvement and provides reasonably quick results.
· Once the adult's self-esteem is improved, they are far more willing to take on new challenges and to seek additional help
· Once their superiors and spouses see the positive changes, their respect and appreciation for the person increases
· Writing and reading deficiencies have held these adults back. Once they are addressed the self-esteem can soar

Reading, writing and related issues are improved. These areas then impact their lives in many ways. Relationships with spouses, bosses, and other key people are often dramatically improved. The adults become much more willing to seek assistance and modest accommodations.

Question:
Are you always successful?

Answer:
No. As with other students, when the student fights progress or is expecting a miracle, success is more difficult to realize. Experience has improved our success rate, and our recent adult clients have done very well.

Question:
Doesn't the adult have something to fear if their employer knows their weaknesses?

Answer:
Legally, employers cannot discriminate. In reality, it depends on how you handle the situation. Our clients have seen very positive changes from their employers

Question:
Are employers willing to pay for the training?

Answer:
Some have and others have paid a portion. We are clearly interest in assisting, where possible,

Question:
If you were an adult, what would you do?

Answer:

Do the program
 · Imagine what life would be like with reasonable progress
   Contact us
· If appropriate, speak with us. We provide references upon request.
 

Doing It!

Question:
What differentiates the successful and very successful students?

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The attitude and commitment of the parents and students. Our best results come when Everyone is committed to making the changes required for success. Many parents believe the 3D Learner investment is the best thing they have ever done for their child and themselves. They work with us, experience success, and then continue to work the process to realize outstanding gains. When both parents are able to be part of the process the results are better. Dads make a MAJOR difference when they come for at least a couple of days.

Question:
Have there ever been children who did not make great progress?

Answer:
Just a few. The parents were committed to the investment, but either the child or the parents resisted the process. With younger students, ages 7-14, we have consistently had great success. With adults, 19 and older, we have also enjoyed great success. With teenagers 15-18, we have had successes, but we have also experienced more challenges. For these students, we strongly encourage parents to make sure the students are really committed to making the changes before you make the investment.

Question:
Is discipline required for success?

Answer:
Yes, but it is a different type of discipline than most parents expect. The need to read and do the required vocabulary is essential to success The need for parents to stop yelling and using excessive force is equally important. The 3D Learner responds incredibly well to clear goals and positive reinforcement. We can help you through the changes that may be required for success. When you change, it is amazing to see their progress.

Question:
What if we run into problems after the program?

Answer:
We have specifically designed our training to anticipate the problems you will face. Therefore, we give you many tools to avoid problems, where possible. Where necessary, we are available to help. We are available to speak with teachers, administrators and others and this often results in pre-empting or at least quickly addressing the issues.

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What is the single biggest benefit of the 3D Learner Program?

Answer:
The parents and the child are able to set and achieve goals they previously never envisioned possible. Educational goals are met and the tension in the house is greatly reduced and the child's self-esteem is dramatically improved.

Question:
What should I do next?

Answer:

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