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  • 1. “I’m Going on a Picnic.” Play games that involve auditory memory, such as “I’m Going on a Picnic.” The first person says, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring an ___________” (e.g., apple, armadillo, albatross, etc.—anything that begins with “a.”) The second person repeats what the... read more

  • 1. Write the spelling word in large print in bright colored ink on a card.
    2. Hold the card at arm’s length.
    3. Study word, then close your eyes and picture the word in your mind.
    4. Do something wild to the word in your imagination.
    5. Place word somewhere in space (in... read more

  • Kids seem to come in two basic designs: some are good at school and some are good at creating. There are also some who are good at both, and everybody can become better at one or the other. Those who are good at school can become better at creating, and those who are good at creating can become... read more

  • We all have two halves to our Selves, just as we have two halves of our bodies. We are both “right-brained” and “left-brained,” masculine and feminine, introvert and extravert, conscious and unconscious—the yin/yang of human experience. We tend to identify with one half of each polarity, and the... read more

  • Analysis of psychometric patterns and clinical observations led to the development of the visual-spatial construct in 1982. The paper, “The Visual- Spatial Learner” received positive responses from clients and from students at the University of Denver and North Carolina State University. In July... read more

  • In our case files, we have dozens of children who show superior grasp of mathematical relations, but inferior abilities in mathematical computation. These children consistently see themselves as poor in mathematics and most hate math. This situation is terribly unfortunate, since their visual-... read more

  • Visual-spatial children master reading in a different manner from auditory- sequential children. Some VSLs have a difficult time learning to read, while others seem to magically absorb the entire process before they enter school. Perhaps the key here is “before they enter school.” Methods used... read more

  • 1. Use humor whenever possible: Humor gets the right hemisphere into the act.
    2. Present it visually. Use overheads. Draw pictures. Show them—don’t just tell them. Have them picture it.
    3. Use computers. Computers show rather than tell. They teach visually with no time limits.

  • 1. Present ideas visually on the chalkboard or on overheads. "A picture is worth a thousand words." Use rich, visual imagery in lectures.
    2. Teach the student to visualize spelling words, math problems, etc. An effective method of teaching spelling is to write the word in large, colored... read more

  • Now, you want to hear something really funny? I have just published a book about visual-spatial learners. Isn’t that a riot?! How could someone with so little spatial intelligence have possibly written a book on the topic! It’s probably because I have so little spatial ability that I have so... read more

  • What enables young people at risk for delinquency to choose a more constructive path? Most likely it is finding something they are good at, that they enjoy doing, and that is seen as valuable by others. Art is often the answer. Art begins with imagery, a function of the right hemisphere. When... read more

  • The first child I observed with unusual visual-spatial abilities was profoundly gifted (above 175 IQ). So I assumed that visual-spatial learners were profoundly gifted. Then, I discovered that children who fit the characteristics of giftedness, but did not test in the gifted range due to hidden... read more

  • Your children come into this world with their own agendas, as Annemarie Roeper would say. They are not empty slates to be written on, nor are they clay to be molded. Who is this person who has chosen to share your journey with you? Each day you are given the opportunity to discover another... read more

  • Testing companies periodically release new versions of individual, comprehensive intelligence tests.  Rarely used for typical students, such tests are helpful for special needs students to discern strengths and weaknesses and guide program planning.
  • The concept that giftedness is who you are rather than what you do is controversial. Immediately after it was published, George Betts, Professor Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, passionately embraced the concept and it now serves as the platform of his philosophy as president of... read more