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At a Glance: Different Learning Strengths

By Amanda Morin

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Kids have different ways of taking in and absorbing information. What are your child’s learning strengths? This overview can help you find out.

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Different Types of Learning Strengths

All kids have natural abilities they can use to learn and work with new information. Their areas of strength can open up pathways to help them work on weaker areas. Here are examples of different types of learning strengths.

Learning by Looking
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by taking in information visually.
This may mean:
• Looking at body language to understand what someone is saying
• Getting the most information from charts, maps and other visual displays

Learning by Listening
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by hearing information.
This may mean:
• Preferring to hear about something to fully understand it; learning most from lectures and conversations
• Getting meaning from tone of voice, pitch and other auditory clues

Learning Through Language
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by engaging with words.
This may mean:
• Getting the most from written and spoken information
• Making sense of information by talking and reading about it

Learning Through Action
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by moving, touching and doing.
This may mean:
• Seeking new experiences and hands-on activities
• Moving around while learning to help keep focus

Learning Through Logic
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by finding logic and patterns.
This may mean:
• Categorizing and connecting what they learn with what they know
• Wanting to know why and how in order to make sense of things

Learning With Others
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by working with others.
This may mean:
• Wanting to share and compare information
• Preferring to work and study in groups

Learning Independently
The strength: These kids learn most naturally by working alone.
This may mean:
• Using their own organization system, and setting their own goals
• Not choosing to collaborate or exchange ideas with others
Graphic of Different Types of Learning Strengths
Graphic of Different Types of Learning Strengths

About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Jun 03, 2014 Jun 03, 2014

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