Michael had dyslexia and after 3 years of phonics-based training, he still struggled with reading comprehension.
His mother read about visual-spatial learners and was surprised by three things:
– Michael did struggle with understanding both frequently used words and recognizing words he had probably seen and not mastered
– Michael skipped words and lines when reading and had attention problems
– Michael thought he was stupid until he realized he was a visual-spatial learner and had the same attributes as Edison, Einstein, Disney, Schwab and Branson
Michael then read Upside Down Brilliance by Dr. Linda Silverman.
He was not sure why anyone used the words dyslexia and learning disabilities, when Michael was a gifted visual-spatial learner.
The fact that he had an awesome vocabulary but did not understand the little words and failed to recognize words he had seen and not mastered had frustrated him till he realized this was common for the visual-spatial learner.
Michael needed a 3D Learning Approach that played to his strengths and he needed to improve both his attention and visual tracking skills.
For the first time he realized he did not have ADHD but that he was excitable.
Why do we continue to favor phonics-based approaches and ADHD medication, and reject a 3D Learning approach that teach to his strengths. The answer is that schools tend to do what they have always done, but parents have the option