ADHD & Dyslexia Mask the Right Brain Visual Spatial Learner

ADHD, Dyslexia and Executive Function challenges are the three most common diagnoses that parents share. Anxiety and frustration are common too.  

Parents often report that they have invested in a dyslexia treatment and ADHD medication.  Their child often reads more fluently, but problems with reading comprehension, math word problems and standardized testing persist.

As parents and educators, we experienced this exact challenge.  Then, we became aware that our children were right brain visual spatial learners. who

  • Learned best when they visually observed and/or experienced information  
  • Had a great memory for what they saw and experienced
  • Were goal oriented
  • Learned best when given a goal and projects were taught from “whole to part “   They both did best when they understood why they were doing something
  • Had the potential to do much better with a strength-based approach

“With that knowledge, I put together the 3D Learner Program (R), that helped our daughter improve her reading comprehension 4.2 grade levels in 7 months and our son improved his reading scores by 43 percentile! (He went from the 31st to the 74th percentile).  Both became far better in math and standardized test scores went up”, said Mira Halpert, both an educator and a parent.  


As a first step, I strongly recommend you download the
Is my child a right brain visual spatial learner?screening tool.
Do it with your child; their answers may surprise you.


After helping thousands of kids like this, I now realize five things:

  • Students with dyslexia are often a right brain visual spatial learner who:
    • Often falls further behind 
    • Can make even more significant gains than I initially thought possible with the right approach that capitalizes on their strengths, identifies and addresses their challenges and helps you to become an even more effective coach and advocate for your child
    • Relies on their parents to find the right approach for them
  • A comprehensive assessment is helpful, that includes
    • Determining if your child is a right brain visual spatial learner
    • What issues are holding them back.
      • Assessing for ADHD, Executive Function issues, and auditory processing are important
      • Visual processing is the one challenge that many right brain visual spatial learners struggle with that is often missed and even more frequently not addressed
    • What your child’s present level of performance is for reading fluency and reading comprehension

This infographic shows both the right brain visual spatial learner and the visual processing, executive function, dyslexia and anxiety challenges that often come with it.   

Identifying If Your Child is a Right Brain Visual Spatial Learner Can Really Help. Identifying Issues with Auditory and Visual Processing, Executive Function, Anxiety and Dyslexia Are Also Important.

  • BOLD Goals that:
    • Reflect what is really possible for your child –which often exceeds what the school goals may be
    • Capitalize on your child’s strengths and address their challenges
    • Include a non-school related goal – this may include improving dancing, baseball skills, martial arts or music — something your child would love to improve
    • Helping you to be the coach and advocate your child needs
  • Getting the right help for your child.  This should be based on your child’s assessment, your goals and who can best help your child succeed
  • Taking massive action


If you suspect your child might be a right brain visual spatial learner, we strongly recommend you:
Call us at 561-361-7495 or 919-371-5295 if you would like additional help

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