Risky, Dyslexia Tutors for Your Visual-Spatial Learner. The risk is that the visual-spatial learner may need certain foundation skills before phonics will work.
Jennifer has been through 3 years of dyslexia tutors and her reading was better.
The dyslexia tutor was working on phonics and phonemic awareness
Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word “cat” into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness.
Jennifer’s mom had read an article about the visual-spatial learner — a kid who learns best when she sees and experiences information.
She recognized Jennifer had 4 of the 5 key challenges we often see in a visual-spatial learner
– Difficulty with frequently used word vocabulary — she could recognize frequently used words(e.g what, if, but, except etc.) , but she has difficulty understanding the words
– Jennifer had difficulty remembering words she had previously seen,but not mastered
– Paying attention to that which is boring
– Remembering what she had read
The visual tracking issue we often see, Jennifer’s mom did not think was a problem
When tested, it turned out Jennifer had a visual tracking issue, where she did skip words and lines when reading
Mom asked, “Why did the psychologist recommend dyslexia tutors for a visual-spatial learner”
The challenge is that many people believe the phonics and phonemic awareness are the key elements of instruction. We have found more and more professionals who are recommending parents consider both a phonics-based approach and a visual-spatial approach.
The key is to find the right solution for your child.
What can a parent do if the recommendation is for dyslexia tutors for your visual-spatial learner
1- See if your child is a visual-spatial learner
2- See if your child has the attention and/or eye-teaming challenges
3- The best to learn more about a practice is to talk directly to the people and visit the facility – if possible, visit the site
One great question people have asked us if, “If we chose to do everything, the 3D Learner Program (R) and a phonics-based program which would be the one to start with.
We have had clients do both programs, and their experience was:
– Many had first done one or several phonics-based programs without the results they had expected. Our work really helped. Two examples:
– A 5th grader was still comprehending at the 1st grade level and reading very slowly, despite $40,000 in investments in phonics-based programs. With our help, 6 months later she was comprehending at the 5th grade level and her reading speed had doubled
– A student had been through 2 years of extensive training in phonics and his parents were told to readjust their expectations. With our help he was able to excel — 7 years later he got a perfect ACT score — his mother knew that his attitude has changed after he realized he was a GOLD Students (TM) — gifted operating with a learning difference
We have had very few students pursue a phonics-based program after 3D Learner. One that did found her child making the progress in 3 months that the tutor had thought should take 12 to 15 months
To see if your child is a visual-spatial learner and to identify the challenges that might be holding your child back, go to our 3D Learner Home Page and then call us at 561-361-7495