Two moms were debating Dyslexia. One mom had her son diagnosed with dyslexia, invested $15000 in a training program and her child did very well.
The other mom had her son diagnosed with Dyslexia, spent $20,000 on two dyslexia programs and her child read better, but her child’s reading comprehension was no better than when they started the process.
A third mom joined the conversation and suggested the second mom read our article
Boca Raton Dyslexia Symptoms or a Visual-Spatial Learner
Below is an update version, of “Boca Raton Dyslexia Symptoms or a Visual-Spatial Learner” that addresses the challenges with the new Florida State Standards or Common Core Standards elsewhere
Dyslexia often refers to a problem with the sound symbol relationship. As many as 1 in 5 students may have the problem. Matthew was helped by a dyslexia program and Jennifer was not. What were the two key differences:
1- Jennifer was a visual-spatial learner who did not understand the frequently used words (what, but, if, except, etc.) or recognize words she had seen before and had not mastered
2- Jennifer skipped words and lines when reading
3- Jennifer had difficulty paying attention to that which is boring
Note, visual-spatial learners are more likely to have an eye-tracking issue and/or attention issues. What surprises us is that over half the students we see learn differently, have an eye-teaming and attention issue.
Dr. Linda Silverman, a Denver-based psychologist, specialized in very smart and even gifted visual-spatial learners.
Dr. Linda Silverman wrote in her book “Upside Down Brilliance”
“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”.
A client of Dr. Silverman’s who came to us from out of state was considering both a dyslexia program and a visual-spatial learner program.
The provider of the dyslexia program said it would take 1 to 2 years to make the gains she wanted to makie.
Mom, who had the resources to do both programs, did our 3D Learner Program first — the results were interesting.
Her son made what the gains that were expected to take 1 to 2 years in 3 months — because he was a visual-spatial learner and needed to master the frequently used words, word recognition and improve his eye-teaming and attention, before phonics would work.
The 6 questions we often ask parents to consider are:
– Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
– Does your child learn best when your child sees and experiences information?
– Does your child skip words and lines when reading?
– Does your child lose focus when doing things that are boring or frustrating”
– Are your child’s reading comprehension and test scores lower than their intelligence?
If this describes your child in part of in whole, go to www.3dlearner.com, where you can both download a copy of Mira’s book, “Life is a Ball” and take our Success Assessment with your child.