Most dyslexia treatments focus on improving phonics and phonemic awareness, which conceptually makes sense if you define dyslexia as a problems with phonics and phonemic awareness – -improving the sound symbol skills
What if you shift the focus to the fact that many dyslexic students are right-brain learners, who learn best when the students sees and experiences information. These right-brain learners struggle with what we call right-brain dyslexia — difficulty understanding what the student reads given the way the student is being taught.
This article on Connection Between Dyslexia and Right-Brain Learners sheds some light on the subject
“Researchers have been making connections in recent years between right-brained thinking and dyslexia. It makes sense that those who struggle with word-based tasks might not be “learning disabled” as much as they are just “learning different”. In fact, in visual spatial skills, even right-brained learners who are severely dyslexic can outperform their left-brained peers 2 to 1. While logical, or sequential tasks can stump them, these learners can show incredible strength in holistic and creative tasks.
This being the case, children with dyslexia should definitely be tested for brain dominance. If your child seems to be a visual thinker, then it will not be enough to just “treat” the dyslexia. Right-brained visual learners need to be taught in specific ways that will capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.”
This last sentence — right-brain visual learners need to be taught in specific ways that will capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weaknesses is consistent with our 3D Learner philosophy.
As a parent, you have the choice between a dyslexia treatment that focuses on your child”s strengths and one that focuses on your child’s weaknesses.
We prefer the right-brain approach that plays to a child’s strengths and identifying and addressing their other challenges because right-brain learners do far better when:
– The student understands frequently used words (e.g. what, but, if, when etc.) and has the ability to recognize word patterns
– The student learns how to visualize what he or she reads
– The attention and/or eye teaming issues are addressed
– The phonics issues are addressed
– Self-esteem and self-advocacy are improved
– Parents learn how to be the coach and advocate
Other people may tell you that if your child has dyslexia, your child must get a dyslexia treatment that focuses on his or her weaknesses
We take a very different position — if your child is a right-brain learner and has right-brain dyslexia you have a choice between a dyslexia treatment and a right-brain dyslexia treatment and you should consider both options. Consider the following cases:
– Our daughter has been through 6 dyslexia treatments and was still 3 years below grade level and improved her comprehension 4.2 grade levels in 7 months with the 3D Learner Program (R)
– Lisa’s parents had spent $34,000 on a very well known dyslexia program and Lisa’s reading comprehension was at the ast grade level — with our program she improved her reading comprehension 4 grade levels in 6 months and doubled her reading speed
– Matthew had two years of a well known dyslexia treatment. Despite being gifted, Matthew’s reading comprehension was at the 58th percentile. With the 3D Learner Program he improved to the 99th percentile.
The choice between a traditional dyslexia treatment and a right-brain dyslexia treatment should be the parent’s choice
We do offer more information and a no cost assessment to screen for an attention and eye teaming issue on our Right-Brain Dyslexia Page