Is your child a visual-spatial learner? If so, school may be challenging.

Enrichment Therapies

November 19, 2012

Being a visual-spatial learner is not a bad thing! If we didn’t have these types of learners we wouldn’t have great architects, artists, photographers, graphic artists, or designers.  We need people who can visualize ideas as a whole and see the big picture vividly.  However, most school curriculums are designed for auditory-sequential learners.  Learning for these students is step-by-step and progresses from beginning to end.  They also learn best when information is presented auditorily. Visual-spatial learners, on the other hand, benefit from the imagery of whole concepts before breaking them down into their components. Therefore, those children who are visual-spatial learners can fall behind in areas like reading, memorizing math facts, reading comprehension, and following directions. Below are traits of a visual-spatial learner.  Listed are also some struggles a visual-spatial learner may experience in an auditory-sequential world:

  • Thinks mostly in pictures not words
  • Is a whole-part learner rather than a step by step learner
  • Reads maps well but has difficulty following oral directions
  • Is creative, artistic, and dreams in color
  • Can assemble items easily
  • Enjoys figuring out the mechanics of and creating moving objects
  • Has difficulty memorizing math facts
  • Often has problems finding the words to use to express thoughts
  • Needs extra time to process information
  • Has a limited vocabulary
  • Grasps concepts better with visual aids
  • Often doodles or draws diagrams to understand concepts or to stay interested and organized
  • Is frequently emotional
  • Often forgets things when they are out of sight
  • Is good at assembling puzzles
  • Forgets things he or she hears if they are not written down
  • Often remembers faces but forgets names

Enrichment Learning Center can help your child bridge that gap between the auditory-sequential-based curriculum he or she may be experiencing at school with the visual-spatial learning style for which he or she is wired.  These strategies can be generalized across subjects (reading, math, comprehension) for years to come as your child’s curriculum increases in complexity.

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.

740 Community Drive, Unit A

North Liberty, IA 52317


5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300

Johnston, IA 50131


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