2-Dimensional vs. 3-Dimensional Thought
Picture (3-D) thinkers with dyslexic tendencies are able to move pictures around in their mind to different perspectives for problem solving. Some are able to change the perspective from which they view an object. This would explain why they are so talented in building/construction, design, engineering, art, putting things together and taking things apart, drama/acting, athletics and the list goes on! An example of this would be to observe an actual piece of cake. No matter what perspecitive that piece of cake is viewed from, it is still a piece of cake because it is 3-dimensional.
If you had the 2-dimensional word c-a-k-e in front of you, there would be only one perspective from which to view that word accurately. When an individual with dyslexic tendencies uses their natural picture thinking ability to try to understand symbols or words, it doesn't work at all and causes even more confusion! We often hear parents say that their child is very intelligent, yet has difficulties with reading, writng, math and/or sustaining focus.
The nonverbal (3-D) thinker can experience great confusion in reading a simple sentence(2-D). For example:
John and Kate will be in a play.
There are only three words in the sentence that are picture words: John, Kate, play. The meaning of the word, play, is critical to gaining an accurate understanding of the sentence. The picture thinker who is struggling with reading may have an image of a boy and girl playing together, not of a boy and girl who are acting in a production. This can lead to poor reading fluency and comprehension skills.