Right-brain Dyslexia is Quite Common and Critical to Identify
In 2nd grade our daughters was diagnosed with dyslexia. We tried one dyslexia treatment, it did not work. Then we tried a series of dyslexia treatments and they helped our daughter to read fluently, but her reading comprehension was still three years below grade level in 8th grade. Then we discovered she was a right-brain learner and learned best when she saw and experienced information. After that discovery, my wife Mira developed what has become the 3D Learner Program (R) and we have helped thousands of students succeed. Many students who come in with a diagnosis of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD or similar challenges, have right-brain dyslexia. We define right-brain dyslexia as having a problem with reading and writing and learning best when the student sees and experiences information.
When we read the valuable information provided on Dyslexia at Understood.org on Dyslexia, What It is and What it Isn’t we feel compelled to share what we often see when we see a child with dyslexia. We consider both viewpoints to be correct, but depending on your answers to the following questions, it may change the program that will work best for your child.
We often ask:
– Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
– Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
– Does your child skip words and lines when reading?
– Does your child have difficulty paying attention to that which is boring?
– Is your child much smarter than their reading comprehension or test results would indicate?
For the students who come with a diagnosis of dyslexia, more than half of their parents answer yes to all of these questions.
We see these students as having right-brain dyslexia with an eye-teaming and attention challenge.
The article describes a common challenge of reversing bs and ds.
When we through a balloon in the air and ask the student what it is, they say a balloon.
When we show them the sentence “a boy let go of the balloon” — they will often say a dalloon
Therefore the problem may well be with what the child sees, because when we ask what is the first letter of the word balloon, the answer is often “d”
When assessing a student with right-brain dyslexia, it is critical to assess for:
– How does the child learn best — if the child has dyslexia and is a right-brain learner who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information — one might call that right-brain dyslexia
– Attention, eye-teaming, auditory, working memory and processing speed issues
Then assuming for a moment that your child is a right-brain learner, a parent has two options:
– Pursue a traditional dyslexia treatment that focuses on phonics,, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading fluency and read comprehension or consider a
– Right-brain dyslexia program or consider a
– Right-brain dyslexia program that also addresses the attention and eye-teaming issues
We respect both approaches and believe that dyslexic students have too often been put into programs that do not teach the way the child learns nor do the programs address the attention and eye-teaming issues that are often, but not always present with right-brain dyslexia.
Our clients encouraged us to develop an assessment to see if a child was a right-brain learner and whether a child has an attention and/or an eye-teaming issue.
Mira Halpert, M.Ed., the 3D Learner Program developer has also written a short and engaging book Life is a Ball, Do Not Put Me in a Box.
To get a no cost copy of the book, to read more and to gain access to our Success Assessment go to our 3D Learner Dyslexia Page.