Children with high Visual-Spatial Intelligence are the artists among us. These children think in pictures and images. They tend to perceive the environment holistically, storing information in a non-sequential fashion, revealing the strength of their right-brain processing. Their rich internal imagery makes them very imaginative and creative. They are the visual learners. They like posters and pictures and movies and other visual presentations of new information. They are daydreamers, sometimes becoming so engrossed in their own internal "movie" that they don't seem aware of the external environment. But, don't be fooled. They are also keen observers of the world around them, noticing subtleties and details that most of us miss. They also have an excellent awareness of space, the orientation of their body and others. This spatial awareness gives them skills in drawing, doing puzzles, mazes, and any task that requires fine-motor manipulation.
In my experience as a counselor and an educational examiner, I have observed that many children with learning disabilities appear to have significant strengths in visual-spatial intelligence. How can parents recognize this special intelligence in their own children, and more importantly, how can they value and encourage this ability in order to build the self-esteem of the learning-disabled child? Last week, we looked at an introduction to Personal Learning Styles and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. I mentioned two tools on the Web that will help you to analyze your child's learning style and multiple intelligence pattern. Why don't you visit these now to determine your child's unique gifts then come on back for lots of ways you can help nurture your child's visual-spatial intelligence at home.