Visual Spatial Learners
Many gifted children struggle in school because their intelligence
is not recognised and neither is their unique learning style. These
children are gifted visual spatial learners who have great ability
in abstract random thinking coupled with marked weaknesses in auditory
sequential information processing.
Visual -spatial learners think in pictures and they must
visualise in order to learn. This means that there is a mismatch
between their visual learning style and the auditory logical sequential
way in which school material is usually presented to them.
They are frequently not identified as gifted. However, their high
intelligence enables them to compensate for their weaknesses so
well that their school based learning difficulty often goes undetected.
In school these children often appear to be "average" students who
could do better if only they would try harder, concentrate more
and not be so distracted.
In over 500 gifted visual spatial learners that I have identified,there
has always been at least one parent who shares this learning style
with their child. I have also met many adult visual spatial learners
who have dropped out of school believing that they were "dumb".
If the majority of the following characteristics are present in
someone you know, it is probable that the child or adult is a visual
spatial learner. However, this is not definitive and they should
then be referred for formal identification.
- A large amount of scatter on the sub-test scores of a formal
- A history of any allergies, food intolerance, asthma, ear, nose
and throat infections, tonsillitis, sinusitis
- Inattentive and easily distracted
- Poor short term memory/good long-term memory
- Is very disorganised, has difficulty finishing tasks/school
- Likes complex ideas and tasks and does well on them yet often
fails at simple things
- Has a poor sense of time
- Has extreme physical sensitivities eg noise, light, feeling
- Does not maintain eye contact, often seems not to be listening
- Has poor handwriting, difficulty keeping in the lines or grips
the pen and presses very hard
- Loves Lego, puzzles, jigsaws, computer games, television, making
- Likes art and/or music
- Reads well silently but has difficulty with reading aloud
- Has difficulty with spelling and/or times tables
- Can remember the way somewhere after going there only once
- Has a vivid imagination and/or disturbing dreams