Athena Academy - Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner

Jan 14 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Athena Academy - Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner
Dr. Linda Silverman

Free Event

Athena Academy

525 San Antonio Ave,
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Do you think in words? Images? Feelings? Knowings?

Traditionally, school was designed for auditory-sequential, left-hemispheric students who are advanced in reading, writing, spelling, calculation and memorization, and perform well under timed conditions. Most dyslexic children are intuitive image thinkers. 
Visual-spatial learners are gifted in right-hemispheric abilities, such as imagination, visualization, intuitive knowledge, multi-dimensional perception, science and technology, holistic thinking, creativity, artistic expression (music, dance, art, drama), and emotional responsiveness. These gifts are vital to employment in the 21st century.
Please join Dr. Linda Silverman, who coined the term “visual-spatial learner.” She will describe these children, explain why right-hemispheric strengths are important, and provide guidance for educating and parenting them more effectively.
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist. She founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, Gifted Development Center (GDC) and Visual-Spatial Resource in Denver, Colorado. In the last 35 years, she has studied over 6,000 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. In 1981, she originated the concept of the “visual-spatial learner” (VSL) and has created methods of identifying and teaching this population. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California.