When people read a list of dyslexia symptoms they often say that is my kid. The symptoms of dyslexia tend to focus on what a child cannot do.
Now look at the same child and ask the following questions:
– Does my child remember places visited, even from years ago?
– Does my child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
– Does my child skip words and lines when reading?
– Does my child have difficulty paying attention to that which is boring?
– Does my child have the potential to do far better than my child is presently doing?
If you think your child is dyslexic, you tend to look for a dyslexia program. Most dyslexia programs drill on phonics and phonemic awareness — making sure the sound symbol connection works.
What the dyslexia programs often miss are some key elements. This child may be a visual-spatial learner who learns best when he or she sees and experiences information, has problems with sight word vocabulary and recognizing word patterns and has either an attention, a visual tracking or both challenges.
Two psychologists may come to two very different psychologists.
A more traditional psychologist may label the child with dyslexia or a learning disability. Too often the recommendation is to then send the child to a private school that specializes in dyslexia and learning disabilities. The investment required may be $25,000 or even $35,000 per year. Over a ten year period with inflation, this could require a $500,000 investment.
Conversely, another psychologist who recognizes and addresses learning differences, may identify this same child as a visual-spatial learner with an attention and a visual tracking challenge. This psychologist may become a visual-experiential program and efforts to improve attention and visual tracking.
Note, Dr. Linda Silverman and her Gifted Development Center team have done some excellent work on the visual-spatial learner
To find out whether your child is a visual-spatial learner and to see if your child has an attention and/or visual tracking issue visit 3D Learner.