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Gifted Visual-Spatial Learner Indicators

By Lesley K Sword,
Director, Gifted & Creative Services Australia Pty Ltd

The following are indicators of a Visual-Spatial learning style coupled with an Auditory-Sequential Processing weakness.

This indicator is to be used for initial identification only. If the majority of these characteristics are present, it is probable that the child has a Visual Spatial Learning style coupled With an Auditory Sequential information processing weakness. However, this is not definitive and the child should then be referred for formal identification.

It can also be helpful to have an assessment of Central Auditory Information Processing by an Audiologist.

  1. IQ Assessment Indicators

    • has above average overall intelligence

    • a scatter of scores on the IQ sub-tests

    • scores on the Performance Sub-scale are generally higher than the scores on Verbal Sub-scale

    • generally high scores on activities involving visual spatial ability e.g. Block Design, Object Assembly, Similarities

    • generally low scores on activities involving auditory sequential ability e.g. Digit Span, Working Memory, Coding, Arithmetic

  2. A history of any of: ear infections, allergies, asthma, eczema, tonsillitis, sinusitis, food intolerances within the first 5 years

  3. Had conductive hearing loss in early childhood

  4. Inattentive and easily distracted

  5. Has a poor sense of time and does poorly on timed tests

  6. Poor short term memory/good long-term memory

  7. Has difficulty finishing tasks/school work

  8. Has poor handwriting or difficulty keeping in the lines, or grips the pen very hard and presses on the paper when writing

  9. Has poor listening skills, often seems not to be listening

  10. Does not maintain eye contact

  11. Has difficulty with spelling and/or reading

  12. Has difficulty with times tables and/or computation

  13. Likes complex ideas and tasks and does well on them yet fails at simple tasks

  14. Reads well silently but has difficulty with reading aloud

  15. Has an abundance of physical energy, fidgets constantly, difficulty sitting still

  16. Is very creative

  17. Good (and often very different) sense of humour

  18. Is emotionally very sensitive

  19. Is extremely sensitive to criticism

  20. Extreme physical sensitivity e.g. acute hearing/intense reactions to loud noises, bright lights, smells, touch

  21. Love Legos, puzzles, jigsaws, computers, computer games, television, making things

  22. Is very disorganized

  23. Likes art and/or music

  24. Has a vivid imagination and/or disturbing dreams

  25. Can remember the way somewhere after going there only once
Source: Dr. Linda Silverman, Gifted Development Center, Denver, Colorado USA
Copyright 2003, Lesley Sword. Properly attributed, this material may be freely reproduced and disseminated.
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