Aha! DS is a "Visual Spatial Gifted ...
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|Tue, 03-11-2003 - 5:44pm|
Aha! DS is a "Visual Spatial Gifted Learner"! Anyone else have this? (m)
I finally found a real "term" for this...and I'm trying to figure out if it has any relation to TS.
DS, 7, has always been VERY quick and adept with puzzles, Legos, etc. If it requires spatial learning, he can do it and then some. When he was 2, he knew what intersection we were at when driving, and knew how to get to his favorite places. He also could construct extremely elaborate train track layouts (Thomas the Tank Engine stuff) at that age, and it was almost spooky to see.
He has been "into" Legos and related toys for about 2 years, but lately is telling me that he "needs to build". He will carry a small backpack of Legos or other toys that need assembly with him to certain places (OT appts, Sunday school, etc.) and even if he doesn't use them, he seems to take great comfort in bringing them. This has such a CALMING EFFECT, I can't tell you! It is great and I am thrilled - of course - that he has SOME way of self-calming.
Does any of this sound familiar? I did some internet research and found the visual spatial stuff online, and the description of children with this ability is frighteningly familiar. It describes his seeming inattention (looks like ADHD), sensory issues (SI diagnosis), strong visual ability (which means he learns to read differently), poor fine motor skills, and acute hearing sensitivity (SO him).
I didn't see any mention of TS in this description, but I'm hunting down clues to see if any of this has a correlation.
The fact that "building" is soothing to him is SO interesting...and yes, we do NOT see tics of any kind when he is building.