1 out of 87 students have autism
1 out of 5 students have dyslexia
3 out of 5 students are right-brain learners who learn best when the student sees and experiences information
There has been an incredible effort to both identify students with autism and to address their needs. We applaud the parents and professionals who are so focused and effective.
Dyslexia has gotten a real boost from Dr. Sally Shaywitz, the International Dyslexia Association, Decoding Dyslexia and Learning Ally — who have initiated the 1 in 5 initiative.
The International Dyslexia Association has defined dyslexia as:
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
There is a different way of looking at dyslexia, what most students with dyslexia are right-brain learners. We have found that
Right-Brain Learners Often Benefits from a Right-Brain Program
Take the case of Sammy. A student identified with dyslexia. Sammy went through two programs — one dyslexia treatment using a well respected program and one from one of the top learning centers.
After the two programs, Sammy still had four major challenges:
– Sammy did not understand what he read
– Sammy had not learned how to visualize what he read
– Sammy continued to skip words and lines when reading
– Sammy often lost focus when reading
– Sammy avoided reading — if you had the same challenges that Sammy had, you probably would avoid reading too.
We have found that a majority of students with dyslexia we have met are right-brain learners, who often do benefit from a right-brain program.
We assessed Sammy and sure enough Sammy:
– Was a right-brain learner, who learned best when he saw and experienced information
– Sammy had an attention challenge — not significant enough to warrant medication, but significant enough to work on
– Sammy skipped words and lines when reading, even though Sammy had 20/20 vision. 20/20 vision measures how well a student sees from 20 feet away what he should see from that distance. Eye-teaming, that is how effectively do the two eyes focus on what they are reading, is a different skill. Once the eye-teaming issue was addressed, the headaches disappeared.
– Sammy was a lot smarter than his results indicated — he was excellent at remembering places he visited, even from years ago: he learned best when he saw and experienced information; and once he learned how to visualize what he read, he learned to like reading.
In addition to going from the 18th to the 83rd percentile in reading, homework was much easier and Sammy also learned how to ride a bike within 3 days of starting the program.
What people often miss is that:
– Right-brain learners can often make gains in months and not years with the right approach
– It is critical to address the academic, attention, eye-teaming and related issues
– Once these are addressed academic improvement often follows, sports and related skills improve, as does self-esteem
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