At any rate, I'm glad he's getting services! I don't believe there are many people who are "pure" visual learners. Many people, apparently including your son, do a better job in school if they can visualize a word or a concept. Being able to get a picture in their "mind's eye" helps to make the concept more concrete or real to them. This is what the resource teacher means when she talks about your son needing to see a picture of a word in his head. It's not so simple, though. If the word is 'cat', for example, a visual learner can build a visual association between the way that word looks, and a visual image of a cat. But what if the word is 'slowly', or 'industrious', or 'charade'? In these cases, a visual learner can get clues from the way the word looks. For example, if you draw an outline around the word slowly, you might be able see that it has two humps like a camel (you might also be able to see a 'tail' in the Y at the end). This is called using configuration cues and is another way that a person who is strong visually can learn to remember a word. Also, children who have strong visual skills may do well with shapes or designs or puzzles. The parts of their brains that process visual information are more efficient than the parts that analyze language. So a child who has poor auditory skills, but good visual skills, would do better with a word problem in math if she (or the teacher) draws a picture of the problem as it is read. Consider this problem: "If a car (draw it) travels 15 miles (draw the road), and stops for gas for 10 minutes (draw the gas station with a clock)." See what I mean?
Visual Learning Style
LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.