This is Herman. He’s a very bright, sweet little nine year-old boy. At home he’s curious, creative, helpful, insightful and an excellent big brother. He’s in second grade and does well in school, but his work doesn’t quite reflect who he is or what he’s really capable of. And yet it’s been hard to say why not.
I was talking to a friend about the HBO movie, Rethinking Dyslexia that aired recently. We had both been very impressed by the movie. I’ve researched and written about dyslexia in relation to being a visual learner, but my friend has first hand experience with a son who is dyslexic. As we talked about Brandon and his learning experiences, I was enormously impressed by the success he’s found in his career because of his perseverance and the ways he learned to make things more visual for himself.
I have been driven for many years, in all I do, to find ways to help children be more confident and successful. Writing Being Visual was a long, labor-intensive process, especially for me as a visual learner, but I truly believe that when we understand the way our visual kids think, can help them be more successful. When I hear from parents that have read and applied visual learning techniques, I am enormously grateful to be a part of this important conversation.
This is what one of our reader’s had to say:
This is a picture of my home office. Notice the rows of notecards taped to my wall.
After writing several posts on making the process of writing, more visual for kids, I wanted to share some thoughts on using the same techniques – the slightly more adult version – as a visual adult.
Does your child love to do puzzles and Lego’s?
Do they enjoy building and making things three dimensionally?
Do they often struggle to sit still in the classroom and do math or writing assignments?
If this sounds like your child, you may have a spatial learner. These kids are visual learners that are highly gifted in spatial thinking.
Playdough is not just for playing. Our grandson is learning about the solar system. But he’s not just hearing about it. And that my friends is what we call multi-sensory learning!