A visual learner with dyslexia is a term that describes a student who has dyslexia and is a visual learner. That is he or she learns best when they see and experience information.
We had previously done several dyslexia programs, but reading comprehension was still an issue. The defining moment came when our then 8th grade daughter was told she was not college material, because her reading comprehension was 3 years below grade level. We challenged the school, but …
they called us pushy shovy parents who set unreasonable expectations for our daughter. We were unwilling to accept that and …
As her mother and an experienced educator, I did my research. I discovered that my daughter was a visual learner with dyslexia, who was more likely to benefit from a program that capitalized on her strengths. I then developed the 3D Learner (R). The program helped her to improve her reading comprehension 4.2 grade grade levels.
We estimate that over 80% of the students with dyslexia we have are also visual learners. It is important to note that only 25% of the visual learners have dyslexia. Either way, we estimate that 16% of the population are a visual learner with dyslexia.
For the Visual Learner with Dyslexia, Parents Have Choices
For these students, parent have many choices, including:
- Should they pursue a dyslexia program that focuses on reading fluency — how well your child can read word
- A program for visual learners or
- A program like 3D Learner — that has been adapted to helped many the visual learners with dyslexia to succeed
Three things that differentiate our efforts:
1- We shift the focus to the student’s strengths and teach the way they learn best
2- We identify and address their challenges — that include some combination of attention, eye-teaming, working memory, processing speed and/or anxiety challenges. Most visual learners with dyslexia have some combination of attention, eye-teaming, anxiety and/or related challenge
3- We tend to get significant gains in months not years
We have now helped over 500 students who had been diagnosed with dyslexia and have learned many lessons, including:
- The visual learner with dyslexia often struggles with logical, sequential and auditory approaches.
- Students can often make more significant gains in a quicker time frame with an approach that plays to their strengths and identifies and addresses their challenges
- Reading comprehension is often a key issue, and frequently parents are not aware that reading programs focus on reading fluency, how accurately a student reads, and not reading comprehension. As discussed in the Understood.org article on Orton Gillingham (R) what you need to know ” Orton–Gillingham focuses on teaching kids to read at the word level. While it can help develop reading comprehension, that is not their primary goal”.
- By also addressing attention, eye-teaming, visualization and anxiety, we can significantly
- Improve reading speed and love for reading are often important
- Reduce homework time and stress
- Improve standardized test scores
- Boost self-esteem
- Parents and students really appreciate shifting the focus from your child’s challenges to their strengths and how he or she can succeed
- As a parent, you have the option of:
- Relying on school based interventions
- Using a tutor
- Investing in a dyslexia program
- First considering the following:
- Is your child a visual learner?
- Does your child have attention, visual processing and/or anxiety challenges?
- Should you consider a program for the visual learner with the challenges your child has?
Is Your Child a Visual Learner and What Other Challenges Do They Have?
When we look at a visual learner with dyslexia – we acknowledge the dyslexia, but our real focus is on determining if your child:
- Is a visual learner
- Whether your child has attention, eye-teaming, anxiety and/or related challenges
- Has the potential to do far better with an approach that plays to his or her strengths and identifies and addresses his or her challenges
- Would benefit from additional help from their school — we work closely with parents and schools on this
Three ways to learn more
- Take our Success Assessment with your child. This screens for learning difference and for attention and visual processing challenges or
- Bring your child for our Focus Assessment this in an in office assessment where we assess your child’s reading comprehension and whether there is an attention and/or visual processing issue or
- Call us at 561-361-7495