With the Dyslexia and Right-Brain Learner Combination— Consider a Right-Brain Program
Dyslexia used to be a problem with words, but now it has morphed into problems with the sound symbol relationship. What about the children who have:
– Right hemisphere strengths who might need some other skills before phonics will work
– Attention, eye-teaming and related issues, who would benefit significantly from having these issues identified and addressed as soon as possible
Understood.org is a very interesting that provides valuable information on students with learning and attention issues
Recently, they has a discussion about Understanding Dyslexia .
The panelists were excellent, but there was a comment that virtually all Dyslexia Research has focused on the deficits of students with dyslexia. Some interesting thoughts were expressed concerning:
– The need to study the right hemisphere strengths of students with dyslexia, while continuing to teach the students with dyslexia with MSL — Multisenory Language Programs.
– The need to understand whether right hemisphere strengths are developed because of the left hemisphere weaknesses or, where the right hemisphere strengths there from birth
– Most of the information on the right hemisphere is anecdotal, because researchers have previously focused on left hemisphere weaknesses
– Dyslexia and reversals are two different things — and while some dyslexics have a reversal challenge, it should not be the focal point of dyslexia programs
There has not been much research on whether these right hemisphere strengths exist from birth — but th
What if those with right hemisphere strengths were diagnosed with right-brain dyslexia and would do better with a right-brain program?
As Dr. Linda Silverman, from the Gifted Development Center in Denver, wrote in her book “Upside Down Brilliance”
“Phonics instruction does not need to be eliminated altogether, but sight word vocabulary needs to be built first.
Then whole words or syllables can be compared and the pattern recognition capacities of the visual-spatial learner can be brought to bear”.
What if the right-brain learner also has attention and eye-tracking issues, in far larger percentages than most people think. Research will tell us exactly what the percentages are, but dyslexia and right-brain learner is very, very common in the population we see.
Then, before embarking on a Multisensory Language Program, one might consider:
– Assessing for right-hemisphere strengths, difficulty with frequently used words and recognizing word patterns, and attention and eye-teaming issues
– Addressing the relevant issues
At 3D Learner, we have found that:
– Many of these students have the right hemisphere strengths long before they struggle with reading. These students often have an uncanny ability to remember places visited, even from years ago and to remember what they have seen and experienced. It would be valuable to prove this with research
– Many right-brain learners need the foundational skills first and their attention and eye-teaming issues addressed, and some do not need a phonics-based program
– Some still need the phonics-based program, but in a number of cases they have made far quicker progress than one would have expected, because they had the relevant
In addition to doing research on the right hemisphere strengths and whether they exist before the reading difficulties are experienced, it may be very helpful to conduct research to see if those with right hemisphere strengths, we call them right-brain learners, would benefit from right-brain programs.
We suspect that research will validate the value of right-brain programs for right-brain learners — and that there are probably many forms of dyslexia — we believe it is very helpful to determine if your child or student:
– Is a right-brain child and do they have attention, eye-teaming or related challenges
– Is a left-brain learner and would benefit from a traditional dyslexia program or dyslexia treatment
For more information on dyslexia and right-brain learners go to our 3D Learner Dyslexia and Right-brain Learner page.