What is The Best Dyslexia Treatment for the Visual-Spatial Learner?
Dyslexia treatments often focus on the sound symbol relationship that is consistent with the International Dyslexia definition of dyslexia.
A very different perspective is shared by Dr. Linda Silverman and Tom West in this article on the Visual-Spatial Learner and Creativity.
Dyslexia and 3D Learning
Linda Silverman, from the Gifted Development Center wrote in “Upside Down Brilliance” “Tom West suggests that left-hemisphere deficiencies, such as dyslexia, are fundamentally linked to right-hemisphere strengths, such as visual thinking, spatial ability, pattern recognition, problem solving, heightened intuition and creativity.”
That quote is from her book Upside-Down Brilliance, referring to West’s book: In the Mind’s Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity.
At 3D Learner — We Focus on 3D Learning
Most dyslexia treatments focus on the IDA definition of dyslexia. They focus on phonics and phonemic awareness (mastering sounds and the combination of sounds) that do improve reading fluency. Then they move to vocabulary and reading comprehension. These dyslexia treatments are a direct result of focusing on what the student with dyslexia struggle with.
At 3D Learner, we understand and address the phonics and phonemic awareness challenges, but we also realize that the visual-spatial learner learns best when he or she sees and experiences information and they often have problems understand words that do not have pictures, paying attention to that which is boring, skipping words and lines when reading, and learning in a logical, sequential and auditory way that most dyslexia programs employ.
A visual-spatial learner learns best when he or she sees and experiences information, and has a combination of strengths and challenges.
Neither dyslexia treatment is right or wrong — it is a clear choice — does one focus on the problem or does one capitalize on the students strengths, while addressing attention, visual perception and related issues and then moving on to the phonics and phonemic awareness challenges.
For the visual-spatial learner with attention and/or visual perception issues they can often achieve success in months not years. We could be considered a dyslexia treatment, but we see it more as a right-brain program.
Too see if your child is a visual-spatial learner and whether your child has attention, visual perception and related challenges go to 3D Learner and take our Success Assessment. If your child is a visual-spatial learner, who has these challenges, and how you can make the difference