In this article Dyslexia or Right-Brained Dominant the author argues that many people with dyslexia and are right-brain dominant.
Left-brain learners tend to be logical, sequential and auditory. Right-brain learners, also called visual-spatial learners, tend to be picture oriented and rely on their ability to visual what they read or hear.
For 5 to 7 year olds
For left-brained learners, that’s a word-based focus and sequential thinking. It aligns nicely with learning to read during that stage. For right-brained learners, that’s a picture-based focus and imaginative thinking. It aligns nicely with learning geography, history, animals, cultures, and other early subject strengths for right-brained children.
For 8 – 10 year olds the author writes:
During the next developmental learning stage of 8 to 10 years old, the Transition Stage, each brain processing preference transitions to incorporate the skills of the less dominant side of the brain. Because right-brained learners will still translate to pictures and prefer whole-to-part ordering, sight words and highly visual material are a better starting place for learning to read. Too often, a diagnosis of dyslexia is what it takes to receive a better-matched learning environment for right-brained children. Instead, understanding the strengths and developmental learning stages of each brain processing preference would enable each learner to receive a well-matched learning environment right from the start.
The symptoms of dyslexia tend to look at the sound symbol relationship, and the ability to rhyme, read fluency and to think in a logical and sequential way
If Dyslexia Symptoms were shifted to first see if the student was a right-brain learner or a visual-spatial learner, then one could:
– Focus on vocabulary for frequently used words (what, why, but, if, except, etc.) and recognized whole words the student has seen and not mastered
– See if the student has an eye teaming issue — where the student skips words and lines when readin
– Check for an attention issue
For some reason the right-brain or visual spatial learner is more likely to have eye teaming and attention issues
Three other key points on right-brain learners or visual-spatial learners
– They are often very frustrated and anxious
– Traditional tutors and learning centers may frustrate them
– A program that teaches to the child’s strengths, identifies and addresses the relevant attention and eye teaming issues, and engages the student is likely to yield quicker and far more significant results