Sunday, October 7, 2012

Visual-Spatial Learners

My daughter has dyslexia and is a visual-spatial learner, a right brained learner. She is bright, but definitely learns differently from me. She thinks in pictures rather than words. She needs the whole picture first and doesn’t work in sequential steps.
The left hemisphere is sequential, analytical, and time-oriented. The right hemisphere perceives the whole, synthesizes, and apprehends movement in space.
If you think you might have a visual-spatial learner in your home, here are things to look for:
  • Thinks primarily in pictures
  • Has visual strengths
  • Relates well to space
  • Is a whole-part learner
  • Learns concepts all at once
  • Is able to learn hard things easily and easy things are hard
  • Is a good synthesizer
  • Sees the big picture; may miss details
  • Reads maps well
  • Is better at math reasoning than computation
  • Learns whole words easily
  • Must visualize words to spell them
  • Prefers keyboarding to writing
  • Creates unique methods of organization
  • Arrives at correct solutions intuitively
  • Learns best by seeing relationships
  • Has good long-term visual memory
  • Learns concepts permanently; is turned off by drill and repetition
  • Develops own methods of problem solving
  • Is sensitive to other people’s attitudes
  • May have very uneven grades
  • Enjoys geometry and physics
  • Is creatively, mechanically, emotionally, or technologically gifted
  • Is a late bloomer

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