My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Helping Your Struggling Student - Positive View

Positive View of Visual-Spatial People

Keep in mind that in reality probably only 2% to 3% of children actually have a physical problem with their brain. The rest of the “problems” are actually visual-spatial learners or emotional problems. Often the stress visual-spatial learners are under in a school environment causes them to experience emotional problems. When these children are given adequate support
by adults, their problems disappear.

Here are some more positive ways to look at you child

They are not “hypersensitive”, but more aware of their environment than most people.
They may even find bright light and loud noise painful.

They are not “distractable”, but exceptionally observant of their environment and eager to learn.

They are not “hyperactive”, but energetic and enthusiastic

They are not “Attention Deficient”, but simply not interested in tedious sequencing activities and details

They are not just “Daydreamers” who need to learn to apply themselves, but imaginative and creative people who need time to think

They are not “rebellious”, but have a need to “see” the reasons behind rules.

They are not “disobedient”, but exceptionally good at problem solving, finding new ways to solve problems.

They are not “fidgety”, but people who need to be allowed to move in order to learn.

They are not “unruly, uncooperative, argumentative, stubborn ”, but independent and committed. These people must determine what they will do based on their own picture of life; their own values and principles.

They are not a “Non-conformist”, but capable of seeing other perspectives

They are not “inattentive”, but interested in other things, such as the big picture instead of the details, and they very aware of their environment.

They are not “unpredictable”, but flexible and following normal visual-spatial behavior.

They are not “impulsive”, implying they are simply immature and lacking in personal discipline, but people who live in a society that moves too slowly for them. They want to share ideas, but are required to endlessly repeat memorized facts.

Their thinking is not “random”, but they are engaged in the process of connecting details into the whole picture a little at a time (whole to part thinking).

They are not “slow”, but think at incredibly fast speeds in pictures. Since they must translate their thoughts from pictures into words and words into pictures, it may appear that they are thinking slowly. Also, they often do not take action until they get the whole picture. For instance a young visual-spatial child may not go through the “normal” process of crawling, and falling in learning to walk. They may watch people walking for a long time then one day simply walk. It takes a while to get the whole picture, but then they just do it. They generally bypass the sequenced steps, arriving at the end result as if by magic. Though this may seem mysterious to auditory-sequential people and is something they can not do, this is a perfectly normal way to live for visual-spatial individuals.