Verbal vs. visual thinkers

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Verbal vs. visual thinkers

I was once asked, "Is it possible that people with ADD or ADHD are gifted? Are we missing a lot of those kids?" We definitely are. If you think back to the root cause of the learning disability, that visual, spatial style of thinking that is allowing for misperceptions, what it does in the day to day is works wonderfully in the three dimensional world. If you think three dimensionally, think visually, you are an expert at solving problems and creating imagination. It's a whole different way of measuring intelligence. These individuals, because they think visual spatial, not verbally -- It is very common knowledge that there are two forms of thought; verbal thinkers and visual thinkers. Verbal thinkers think as fast as they can talk, they think in sentences or in words. Visual thinkers think in pictures. Just like the old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words," it's true in a visual thinkers as well. It's shown that visual thinkers think probably 40-200 times faster than a verbal thinker. We really need to stop thinking about this style of thinking as a deficit, and just give the visual thinkers a way to turn off the obstacles that are in the way. Quite honestly, it's our educational system that puts some of those obstacles in the way. Some of these individuals, if we just leave them alone, would be very successful in life, but we try to push these square pegs into round holes.

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Angela Gonzales, MD

Dyslexia & ADD Specialist

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis Facilitator, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Renaissance Mind in Norco, CA.  Renaissance Mind is a Learning Facility where Dr. Angie uses both her Davis Facilitator License and medical expertise. Through Renaissance Mind, she is able to help clients, educators and parents learn skills and techniques that help overcome the obstacles of learning that accompany the unique thinking styles of those with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renaissance Mind programs utilize multiple, non-pharmaceutical, techniques that are tactile, fun, and unique to each client.  The programs also include help with focusing, comprehension, math skills, reading and handwriting skills.  As a transformational and instructional speaker and educator, Dr. Angie has dedicated herself to helping others, of all ages, to find joy and peace in their lives.  Through Renaissance Mind she offers multiple educational courses and workshops that aid individuals on their path to total wellness of mind, body and soul.

Prior to running Renaissance Mind, Dr. Angie received her BA in Physiology from the University of California at San Diego and then went on to obtain a doctorate in medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Martin Luther King Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to aid in teaching pediatric residents. Following her medical training she worked in Downey, California as a general pediatrician for seven years.  During this time she served on multiple committees both at the clinic and hospital.  

As Dr. Angie's family grew she transitioned her time from the clinic to time with her children, trading her full time practice for part time work covering other physicians’ practices when necessary. As her youngest child’s school experience increased in difficulty, she left medicine to aid in his education. Despite her efforts at homeschooling, her son continued to have learning challenges.  It wasn’t until she found a Davis® Facilitator that her son began to have success in school. She saw the success in her son defined by increasing reading ability, appropriate coping mechanisms and improving self esteem and confidence.  Her son’s success was her inspiration to go back to work, but not as a physician, as a Davis® Facilitator. As she began her journey, providing answers for those with learning differences, she realized that the sum total of the individual was far more than just their ability to learn.  She began to work with the total individual to promote total wellness.  This led her into her other passion: helping to heal the whole person. 

Dr. Angie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She currently resides in Riverside, CA with her husband of 23 years, her four children (including her nephew) and three dogs.

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