How to identify your child as a visual spatial learner

In this article, I have explained some of the characteristics of visual-spatial learners. Their learning style is different from the typical auditory learners. The parents should identify this trait in their children and guide them at every step so that they become successful in life.

Visual-spatial learners perceive information visualizing objects and situations. They can easily study any subject viewing the world around them. If your child is a visual-spatial learner, then he or she may easily grasp the concepts viewing the images from the books. If the child is not able to process auditory information or is not responding to the words of others, then the parents usually feel panicked. But they should know that the child is learning about different concepts or subjects viewing things around him. The parents should be aware of the two learning styles of a student. They can be an auditory sequential learner or a visual-spatial learner. The auditory sequential learner's process information listening to others, while the visual-spatial learners look at the nature around them and perceive information.

How to identify visual-spatial learners

Need for pictures and images for learning

If you just explain your child about any concept without providing any images or pictures, such as, about domestic animals and wild animals, and then you ask your child "What are wild animals" or "What are domestic animals?" then your child may not answer. So, you are probably shocked that your child has not understood. Do not be shocked, but instead show your child a picture of animals living in forests and animals living at home. Then, explain to your child about the concepts of wild animals and domestic animals. Then your child will quickly understand the concept of domestic animals and wild animals. Your child simply cannot create any image in mind merely by your words. So, whenever you teach your visual-spatial child, you must arrange for some pictures or images.

Not easily learning step-by-step

Your child may not feel comfortable to study any subject step-by-step. They study some of the concepts in a holistic way. How many planets exist on this universe? They are not comfortable to learn the names of eight planets sequentially. But when they view pictures presenting the eight planets of the universe, then they can easily grasp the names viewing the size and colour of each planet. Thus, when they view the dark grey colour of the small Mercury planet, the red colour of Mars, the blue colour of earth etc, they can easily learn the planets and their positions also.

Can learn space concepts more easily than time

The visual spatial learners may be weaker in recalling the months and dates. If your child does not remember the dates and months, then you should maintain a calendar and show it to your child every time. These learners cannot easily understand the time concept, but they understand the space concepts. If you want to teach your child about dates and months, then you can explain to him or her in this way. "The first month of the year is January, when it is colder and when the grand party of "Happy New Year is over". Then in the month of February, you experience the spring season that is the most pleasant and it is when you can hear the sweet sound of the cuckoo bird in the month of February. In the month of March begins the summer season, when the sun is shining brighter. So in this manner, they can easily recall the months of the year.

Can grasp practical information, but not abstract data

Your child may not be able to grasp abstract information, but may quickly understand the practical concepts. Your child can repair his broken toy car by fixing the parts accurately. He can solve even complex jigsaw puzzles and handle many features of the mobile. But, he may never understand the meaning of spirituality or any topics about humanity. So, they can never understand human emotions easily but can understand the use of circuit boards, nails, bolts, or any other tools.

Viewing objects from different angles

Your child may view any object from different dimensions and learn the shape of the object from all angles. Then your child is a visual-spatial learner. The child is able to understand the relationship between two objects quickly. If you give your little child a lock and a key, they may insert the key correctly and rotate it to lock it. But, they may not pay attention to your words.

How visual-spatial children learn better

Spatial thinkers are the people who use presentations or gestures to communicate with other people. Such thinkers usually understand the concept by viewing pictures, graphs or any other visual representations. They can easily visualize information from their surroundings and usually possess photogenic memory. The spatial learners are usually gifted and some of the famous people with spatial thinking are Leonardo Da Vinci, Bill Gates, Marc Chagall, Admiral Perry, etc. The spatial thinkers usually do not possess better verbal communication skills. They can understand the world by visualizing objects or situations. Most of the spatial thinkers possess weak auditory processing skills. Some of the spatial thinkers who are profoundly gifted may be able to process auditory information successfully. Here are some of the career options for spatial thinkers. Although visual-spatial learners are late bloomers, they can become successful in their field. They may not enjoy their life in school or follow auditory instruction of teachers. But, they are independent learners and learn the concepts even better than other students. The occupational therapists can improve their auditory sequencing abilities also.


Author: Swati Sharma17 Aug 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Very Informative article by the author.
Visual spatial learning is very useful and long term. In this one can present information in visual form which make a different kind of way to learn things and relate them with their life. They are totally thinker and once they understand the concept then they can describe it in their own ways.

Author: K Mohan15 Sep 2021 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

The author has brought in very good article where in she has differentiated auditory sequential learner and visual spatial learner. In this regard my thoughts immediately connected to one of my relative child who is 18 months old and not in full talking terms. That means she gestures a lot and we understand that. But we made the habit of speaking with her and she has now picked up many few words and now conveying words with gesture and that is wonderful development. Probably the mother was not habituated talking to child from the earlier days and moreover she speaks Kannada more and we teach the child all Tamil. Probably the child is getting confused between the two languages and my interaction with the child is huge and compulsory and I had decided to make her talk in Tamil fluently for sure. But many feel that the child is lethargic and she is very intelligent in grasping the words and remembering the same. We have to see how she develops.

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