January 17, 2006

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Linda Silverman

"Upside-down Brilliance"

Underwritten by: Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Dr. Silverman is world-renown as the leading expert on visual-spatial learners, in fact, she coined the term. The VSL is a person who thinks primarily in pictures and includes roughly 1/3 of the population and cuts across racial and ethnic lines. She is a practicing clinical and counseling psychologist and the founder of the Institute for Advanced Development and the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of “Upside-down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner.” Why is this topic so important? Images are the way of the future. Images create reality. The image makers, the visionaries, will be our leaders. The gifts of the visual spatial are vitally needed in the 21st century. However, in school the VSL is often made to feel defective if they lack the reading, spelling, grammar, calculation, memorization, handwriting, word-finding, sequential, organizational and time skills that are so valued in education.

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