On this blog, I have written a lot about the idea of being “right-brained” or “left-brained.” This concept, rooted in how our brains work, is often used to describe our children’s cognitive tendencies. But what does it really mean, and how can it help you understand and support your child’s unique abilities?
how children learn
Temple Grandin introduced us to the world of visual thinking as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders and other forms of neurodivergence in her first book, Thinking in Pictures. It was also made into a movie that does a great job illustrating what it’s like to be a visual thinker. So, I was so excited to hear that she has just released a new book, Visual Thinking.
Approximately 11% of children 4 to 17 years of age have been diagnosed with ADD as of 2011, and it’s most commonly diagnosed in 7 year olds. That’s an alarming statistic, but we can turn the negatives of ADD into positives by understanding and applying the success strategies used with visual-spatial learners.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing this beautiful video to let you know that it is okay to be invisible. Your family may not notice the work you do day to day but they feel the loving place you have constructed for them. You are doing important work. You are molding brilliant minds. You are loving our future leaders.
ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, is used to describe kids who can’t sit still, focus or follow directions, are easily distracted, seem bored and cannot get or stay organized. The good news is – for the majority, none of this is about a deficit – or a disorder.
As much as we need to be sensitive to the needs and stresses visual learners face – it’s not time for excuses or a pity party. Visual learners are highly intelligent people that need some help understanding how their mind works and getting in sync with the educational system so they can thrive and really develop.