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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Visual Spatial Learners Characteristics

By Andrew Loh

Children who exhibit visual spatial learning abilities could be the future artist in the society. These children are the most gifted and endowed with an ability to think in terms of images, pictures, patterns and shapes. The key visual spatial learners characteristic is that they have a brilliant pair of eyes that can see the nature and environment around them in a holistic manner. These children can easily store available events and information in a non-sequential form. This means that they are very strong in their right lobe of the brain. Being highly imaginative and creative comes naturally to them. Their brain is a rich repository of internal imagery that houses thousands of pictures all with different meanings.

These children are the most gifted when it comes to presenting things in a visual form. Though they are day-dreamers, they are not to be confused with a negative meaning. In fact, they will be active within the shell of their brain to think over their own internal album that contains representations of millions of invisible images. They are also the astute observers of the world around them. They can easily notice even the minute differences among the imagery that occurs around them. They can even notice the most subtle differences among different mental images.

Another gift that comes naturally to these children is the ability to grasp the meaning of their own body and others. Being spatially very different and empowered, these children have tremendous skills in drawing, painting, sketching, puzzles, mazes, or any other tasks that need very finely balanced motor skills. In essence, spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive different forms, shapes, patterns, sizes, color and depths. With this unique ability, children can see a vibrant image from all sides and dimensions. Another visual spatial learners characteristic is that they have a very fine hand-to-eye coordination apart from highly refined sense of direction.

How do you identify whether your children possess a very fine degree of spatial intelligence? What will you do if you find that one of your children possess this great skill? In summary, spatial learners tend to have a linking for color and images. They are very good in drawing from their mental images. They can even draw diagrams and maps very easily with a great sense of direction. Young children who show a liking or preference for stacking blocks and shapes, or for designing things that requires sophisticated levels of spatial intelligence, are more likely to possess both visual and spatial skills.

If you find that your children like enjoy the following activities, it is most likely that they have very strong spatial intelligence and skills:

  • Enjoy watching movies and video - Most spatial learners like to see vibrantly colorful documentaries, movies and wild life serials. They would like to watch the rich imagery that comes with these visuals. In fact, they can easily make mental images by watching those film frames.

  • Like to see posters and pictures - Children who are spatial learners like to draw posters and pictures. Art galleries or painting exhibitions draw them like bees.

  • Using colors - Visual-spatial learners know how to differentiate between colors and their shades. They can mix different colors to create unusual shades.

  • Possess an inclination for photography - Photography is an art form. It is surreal and mesmerizing. Children who possess spatial thinking skills can excel in this fine art form. They can use their mental imagery to create excellent photographs. If they get the required training, they can be excellent photographers.

  • Like to design and form shapes and patterns - Spatial learners can create shapes and patterns out of nothing. Give them clay and they will create some sort of patterns or forms. Provide them a bucketful of sand and they will make some forms like a building or a face!

It could be a big task for parents to train their children in spatial thinking even if they possess it naturally. Parents should work hard to utilize the existing skills into an exhaustive form. As a parent, you may need to visit an expert to discuss about the possible measures that would eventually help your children enhance the already existing skills. Visual spatial learners could be very moody and sentimental. They would prefer to spend their time in honing their mental imagery rather than playing with their peers. Even when they are sitting idle, their mind will be capturing millions of images that occur around them in many hues and shades. One of the biggest and most significant advantages with such children is that they can easily retrieve these mental images very easily and without any problems. Continue to read Visual Spatial Learners - Motivating them to enhance their Skills


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