In this special two-part episode, hosts Nick and Sonia of Dyslexia Journey Podcast interview my good friend and colleague, Dr. Linda Silverman, a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist, as she gives her perspectives of how bright children may experience learning difficulties due to dyslexia or possibly stealth dyslexia. In this episode, she digs into the benefits of dyslexia and what dyslexics can contribute to the world, and dyslexia’s interactions with ADHD and her recommendations for therapies.
- Dr. Silverman’s own perspective in favor of a more holistic view of assessment versus the usual remedial methods of diagnosis tests for dyslexia
- Recommended doctors under the Davis Dyslexia Correction Model
- Visual-spatial strength of dyslexics – phenomenal relational abilities, empathy, intuition, even psychic abilities
- The importance of the brain’s right hemisphere
- Dyslexia’s overlap with sensory processing disorder, visual processing deficits and ADHD
- Dr. Silverman’s recommendation for parents – start with occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, central auditory processing therapy, then vision therapy
- The Davis Dyslexia Correction Model
About Dr. Linda Silverman:
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist. She founded and directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiary, Gifted Development Center in Westminster, Colorado. In the last 43 years, she has studied over 6,500 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California. For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education. She has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, and Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults and Giftedness 101. She founded the only juried psychological journal on adult giftedness: Advanced Development.
Her mission is to enhance global understanding of the inner world of gifted and twice exceptional children, adolescents and adults. Twice exceptional means giftedness combined with another exceptionality, such as visual processing deficits. She grew up in Buffalo, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree at State University of New York College of Education at Buffalo, and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Southern California. Her father was an accountant and her mother was an artist. She married Hilton Silverman when she was 19, and they were married for 57 years. They raised two of their own children and helped to raise 16 teenagers; at one point they had a group care home. She has three grandsons. She is passionate about the gifted and continue to contribute to the field at the age of 81. She hopes to make other psychologists aware of the benefits of vision therapy.
About the Dyslexia Journey Podcast:
Dyslexia Journey is a show with conversations and explorations to help you support the dyslexic child in your life. Content includes approaches, tips, and interviews with a range of guests from psychologists to educators to people with dyslexia. Increase your understanding and connection with your child as you help them embrace their uniqueness and thrive on this challenging journey!
“There are some people who have phenomenal relational abilities. I see children who are phenomenally empathic. I see children who have incredible intuition. And I hope you won’t think that I’m a crazy person, but I also see dyslexic children who have psychic ability. And I believe it’s their dyslexia that allows them to have these paranormal experiences because their left hemisphere is not as noisy and it doesn’t shut out all that information that is coming through the right hemisphere. The right hemisphere is the powerful hemisphere of dyslexics. It’s the powerful hemisphere for visual-spatial learners. It’s the seed of creativity.” – Dr. Linda Silverman
Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!
Dr. Lynn is available for speaking engagements and consulting. For more information, visit www.lynnhellerstein.com.
To learn more about vision therapy or to find a doctor providing vision therapy in your area, visit: COVD.org.
To learn more about vision and the impact in concussion/brain injury, visit: Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
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