Visual-Spatial Programs for Visual-Spatial Learners
A mom was looking for a reading program. She had looked at several phonics-based reading programs and it just was not what had worked for her child.
Then she ran across Dr. Linda Silverman’s Visual-Spatial Learner Website and was amazed at how well it described her child.
Then she read Dr. Silverman’s book, Upside-Down Brilliance and was convinced her child was a visual-spatial learner and a gifted visual-spatial learner to boot.
Then she started to read about the attention, eye-teaming, processing speed and working memory problems the visual-spatial learner often but not always has.
Mom added, there were two problems that did not make sense to me. One, my child had a large vocabulary but could not understand the small words.
Then, my child could remember things he had seen and experienced, but he could see a word on one line and not recognize it on the next line.
Then she read Dr. Silverman’s book Upside Down Brilliance and read,
“Phonics instruction does not need to be eliminated altogether, but sight word vocabulary needs to be built first. Then whole words or syllables can be compared and the pattern recognition capacities of the visual-spatial learner can be brought to bear”.
Now, for the first time, mom realized that phonics was important, but it was critical to first understand what the sight words mean and to learn how to recognize words he had previously seen and not mastered.
Given her son was a visual-spatial learner and appeared to have both an attention and an eye-teaming issue, she asked if there was any test for these three conditions.
We have done exactly that at www.3dlearner.com — where we discuss the gifted visual-spatial learner, the smart struggling visual-spatial learner and the visual-spatial learner with dyslexia or a visual-spatial learner with a learning disability.