The Visual Learner with Dyslexia is Often Labeled Dyslexic
A visual learner with dyslexia was not a label that the first two psychologists, school or several educational professionals had ever suggested.
Mom had her daughter’s psych-educational report in hand — and it was interesting. While dyslexia and ADHD were the two primary diagnosis, her daughter’s scores included her being in the 99th percentile on visual-spatial skills and in the 98th percentile on fluid reasoning (i.e. fluid reasoning — problem solving, and concept formation on novel tasks that are nonverbal or limited in language demands)
“Aren’t those scores in the gifted range?”, mom asked.
In fact they are.
She continued — “This is odd, my daughter is at the 23rd percentile in processing speed, the 28th percentile in broad reading, the 22nd percentile in reading fluency, and the 23rd percentile in spelling, and you consider her to be gifted in so many areas. How common is it for a student to be a visual-learner with dyslexia?
Mom then asked a really good question, “Can get services from school for the visual learner, or do I have to focus on the dyslexia for services and her being a visual learner with dyslexia for outside services?’
For the Visual Learner With Dyslexia — Use Learning Disabilities or Dyslexia to Qualify for Services
One psychologist correctly stated the the DSM V, the guide for psychologists, does not recognize the condition of being a visual learner — this is 100% correct. This may be one the key skills that allowed Edison, Einstein and Steve Jobs to invent things, but strengths are not often included in a medical diagnosis — but can certainly be included in the commentary.
For schools, we recommend using the term learning disabilities or dyslexia when requesting testing for services. Schools rarely test for preferred learning style.
Mom then told us that her friend, who had a visual learner with dyslexia had seen her child go from the 50th to the 95th percentile with the 3D Learner Program (R) — she asked if this was unusual.
We explained that most students with dyslexia are operating at the 20th to 40th percentile and that we have seen even more significant gains for the smart of gifted visual learner with dyslexia.
In her friends case, it was the mom who refused to accept a principal’s comment that “Someone had to be average”
The smart and gifted visual learner with dyslexia often has the opportunity to excel — if they are taught to their strengths and their challenges are addressed.
We offer a no cost assessment that screens for the visual learner and related issues at Success Assessment — please do it with your child — their answers may surprise you.
Then call us for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session at 561-361-7495