The recognition of the visual-spatial learning style is relatively new in our society (though it has been explored for over 2 decades) and it is definitely not as well understood as the more established auditory-sequential style, which is how our educational system is set up.
It is estimated that a substantial percentage of the school population would learn better using visual-spatial methods. Research suggests 1/3 of the school population as visual-spatial; an additional 30% showed a slight preference for the VSL learning style and only 23% were strongly auditory-sequential.
Most people don't give it a second though UNTIL they have a child who learns in this manner and does not fit the mold. This was the case with one of my children. Though well aware that he was a VSL individual, schools would do nothing to help him in this regard, rather insisting he was ADHD and in need of dangerous stimulant medication to make him more compliant. Boy, were they barking up the wrong tree and I let them know it! He is now in college and doing fantastic but I would love to see the day when different learning styles are presented in the classroom so that each and every child gets the education (and not the labeling and bullying) they rightfully deserve.
Asked by Anonymous at 8:16 AM on Jun. 17, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
I had never heard of that until now. My son has adhd and was in kindergarten last year and they really did absolutely nothing to help him until i pushed and pushed. Only toward the end of year did they get him some extra help.
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