We have seen thousands of students with dyslexia — and many are bright right-brain learners.
Then we read the following about dyslexia
“As far as research on whether dyslexics have a tendency to be more talented in areas like spatial skills, the empirical evidence for that is pretty weak. It’s weak because enough good solid research hasn’t been done,” said Gilger. “We have anecdotal reports. Those hit the press a lot. We hear commentaries about people being seen in clinics and so forth, that they have special gifts. But we don’t have really good research.”
Is a dyslexics just another myth? Wishful thinking? A bromide? Is it a red herring distracting us from the important task at hand—learning to read? Are talents in dyslexia a “neural compensation effect,” a work-around to compensate for weaknesses in a developing brain? Or are “dyslexic brains different almost from the start? (See study, Raschle, Zuk & Gaab, 2012.) Are these abilities nothing more than an “I’ll-show-‘em” response to early failure? Does the premise actually hurt kids with dyslexia by setting unrealistic expectations?
At 3D Learner, we have been helping these bright dyslexic students for 17 years. We have seen compelling evidence:
- The dyslexic child who wanted to be a car mechanic, until he realized he could be an architect, with the right training that capitalized on his strengths
- The brilliant artist who gained 4 years in reading comprehension, when we leveraged his ability to visualize what he read
- The student caught in the middle who went from the 48th to the 95th percentile with a right-brain approach
We call these students 3D Learners. Dyslexia is a term that described their former challenge.
Their dyslexia was related to the way they were being taught. They learned from whole to part and did not do well when drilled in phonics.
When they were taught to their strengths they flourished.
The 3D Learner label often describes a bright right-brain learner who is more likely to have attention and/or visual tracking issues
The 3D Learner does have a sea of strengths and challenges and it high time we respect their talents, capitalize on their strengths, identify and address their challenges and help these bright young people to be all they can be.