This is a true fact that human brain is a very complex organ that has many different functions. Brain controls our full body and receives, analyzes and stores different information. The brain can be divided down the middle lengthwise into a right and left hemisphere. Now most of the areas are responsible for speech, language processing, and reading are in the left hemisphere and for this reason we will focus all of our descriptions and figures on the left side of the brain.
- The frontal lobe is the largest and responsible for controlling speech, reasoning, planning and regulating emotions and consciousness. In the 19th Century, Paul Broca was exploring a specific part of the brain that was impaired and noticed a particular part of the brain that was impaired in a man whose speech became limited after a stroke. This area received more and more attention, and today we know that Broca’s area, located here in the frontal lobe, is important for the organization, production and manipulation of language and speech.
- The parietal lobe is located farther back in the brain and controls sensory perceptions as well as linking spoken and written language to memory to give it meaning so we can understand what we hear and read.
- The occipital lobe found at the back of the head. This is the place where the primary visual cortex is located. Among other types of visual perception, the visual cortex is important in the identification of letters.
- The temporal lobe is located in the lower part of the brain, parallel with the ears and is involved in verbal memory. Wernicke’s area, long known to be important in understanding language is located here. This region, indentified by Carl Wenicke at about the same time and using the same methods as Broca, is critical in language processing and reading.
Apart from that, covering evidence suggests that two other systems which process language within and between lobes are important for reading. The first is the left parietotemporal, the area that involve in word analysis- the conscious, effortful decoding of words. The second system that is important for reading is the left occiptotemporal area. This part of the brain seems to be involved in automatic, rapid access to whole and is a critical area for skilled, fluent reading.
What is right side brain thinking with dyslexia?
Dyslexia affects a large part of THE public, especially now that we understand that it is not limited to people who read their letters backward. Dyslexia encompasses a host of varying reading, spelling, and writing disabilities or differences.
There is another characteristic that affects a large population of the public is right thinking. This refers to individuals with strong visual skills memory who tend to store and access information mostly in picture form. For most of the right side brained learners, pictures are the main line of information, words are secondary sources are most.
According to the research, researchers have been thinking connections in recent years between right brained thinking and dyslexia. Of course, it makes sense that those who struggle with word based task might not be learning disabled, as much as they are just learning different things. In fact, in visual spatial skills, even right brained learners who are severely dyslexic can outperform their left brained peers 2 to
1. While logical or sequential tasks can stump them, these learners can show incredible strength in holistic and creative tasks. The right brained visual learners need to be taught in specific ways that will capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weakness.
If your child has the dyslexia and right brained dominance, it is very important not to focus on their disabilities. You need to emphasize their learning differences and strengths.