For the Visual Learner with Dyslexia– Parents Make The Difference
“Even if a child is a Visual Learner with Dyslexia, it is important to diagnose the Dyslexia for programs at school, accommodations and to get the right outside help”, a friend said.
We agree that for school purposes, it is important to identify if a visual learner with dyslexia or learning disabilities, has a qualifying disability, and it is also important to recognize that:
- All students with dyslexia have learning disabilities, but not all students with learning disabilities have dyslexia.
- We help a significant number of visual learners with learning disabilities, but a majority of them do not have dyslexia.
- For a visual learner, who often has attention, eye-teaming and related issues, the student might benefit from an integrated program that capitalizes on his or her strengths and identifies and addresses the student’s challenges
For The Visual Learner with Dyslexia — The Visual Learning Strength May Be Their Key Asset
In a recent article, Richard Branson raises the question of What Should We Call Dyslexia, Richard Branson writes
“It’s time to shift the focus from what people can’t do to what they can do. Alternative or creative thinkers should be celebrated and praised in the same way people with high IQs are. Dyslexics are not victims and we should be teaching them and supporting them to bring out their full potential. We should be nurturing children from a young age and teaching the behaviour we want to encourage – initiative, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking. We want strong, resilient children that can adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them, not children who can regurgitate a list of facts for an exam. We shouldn’t be telling children they “have something wrong with them” but rather they “have more creativity”
We understand there are many positive labels for the Visual Learner with Dyslexia.
When introducing the concept we use the term a visual learner to represent the strengths. For students in our practice, we use two terms:
- A 3D Learner (R)
- A GOLD Student (R) – Gifted Operating with a Learning Difference
For The Visual Learner with Dyslexia — Both Diagnosis are Important
As a psychologist was quick to point out, there is no code for a visual learner — the DSM, which is used to diagnose medical conditions, is not designed to diagnose strengths — so for the purposes of school based services and accommodations, we still recommend students be evaluated for dyslexia, learning disabilities and related conditions.
For purposes of understanding your child’s strengths and to see what might be holding your child back, we recommend first screening to see what is relevant to your child. At 3D Learner, we offer a no cost Success Assessment that screens for the visual learner and for attention, eye-teaming and related challenges. We recommend doing the Success Assessment with your child.
You will then get immediate feedback and the opportunity to schedule a Stress to Outrageous Success Strategy Session
For the visual learner with dyslexia, parents make the difference, because:
- You need to be aware of both your child’s strengths and challenges
- You need to know what defines your child — for our own children and for our students — it is their visual strengths and their unique ability to invent, create and to solve problems that really defines who they are
- You then have a very clear choice to examine both traditional dyslexia programs, hands-on programs and integrated programs that help the whole child
Note – the visual learner with dyslexia represents some of our most successful students.