Anatomy of a Learning Disability
Picture vs. verbal thought
Humans think in two ways: verbally and pictorially. Most everyone thinks in both modes, but each individual tends to specialize more in one area than another.
- thinking with the sounds of words
- linear in time
- follows the structure of language
- works very well for reading, writing, listening or speaking
- thinking with the pictures of concepts or ideas
- associative (non-linear)
- like 3 dimensional, multi-sensory movies
- works well when using imagination, for figuring out how things work, creating, athletics and arts
Pictoral thought is the primary thinking style of people with dyslexia.
Anatomy of a learning disability
The following chart shows why dyslexia can be a disability until correction is given. Again, we are using the terms ADD and dyslexia when referring to any learning disability caused by the thinking process we work with.
(For a more in-depth understanding of how ADD/ADHD fit into this structure, click here.)