Enhancing Spatial Intelligence in Children - Fundamentals
By Andrew Loh
What is common with the following famous personalities?
Vincent Von Gaugh
Sir Benjamin Baker
No doubt, these people are some of the most celebrated geniuses of
this world. However, they all have one special gift in common that
most of us do not possess. Most of them had an extraordinary ability
to look at things in a different way. Armed with a rare gift of
looking at things in a radical manner, these people possessed an
ability to perceive images, pictures, and graphics and later
transform them by using their mental capabilities to recreate into
different and vibrant creations. Psychologists and psychoanalysts
name this rare ability as spatial intelligence and it comes
naturally as a rare gift to some children.
Famous psychoanalyst Gardner segregates this special ability into
The rare ability to recognize the identity of an object, when seen
from different angles.
The ability to gently imagine the internal movements or
displacements within the parts of a bigger configuration.
The ability to assess about all invisible and graphical relations
embedded within a larger configuration.
World-renowned painters, artists, musicians, engineers and
architects have an acute sense of spatial perception that allows
them to see things in a different perspective. They have a unique
gift to see images where none exists for ordinary people. These
intelligent people can visualize images just by looking at an object
or pattern. Gustavo Eiffel created one of the greatest architectural
wonders of this world – the Eiffel Tower. Just imagine creating that
masterpiece when the engineering technology was so primitive! Eiffel
was able to see a clear and highlighted format or pattern of the
actual engineering object even before others could visualize it.
Pablo Picasso was the exponent in drawing and painting objects and
patterns that were invisible to ordinary people.
Spatial intelligence or visual intelligence is assuming lot of
importance these days because of its unique relation with the human
biology and body dynamics. Experts believe that spatial intelligence
is the ability to invoke and initiate certain scenarios within the
mind and later use them for a particular representation and
reasoning. Spatial representations can include a number of things
like diagrams, maps, models, patterns, figures, sketches and
drawings. People who possess spatial intelligence can create and
manipulate superior mental images and later construct a sequence of
events over it.
Of late, educational experts are stressing on the importance of
including teaching spatial intelligence to children in primary
classrooms. Existing IQ tests cannot measure spatial intelligence,
while traditional teaching modules are ill-equipped to handle this
sensitive issue. Advanced techniques may include a number of unusual
techniques that include:
Teaching and visualizing spatial world in the minds of children, by
using common concepts like forms, shapes and colors.
Manipulate the visualization to create a three dimensional pattern
that looks like clear images.
People who have highly developed spatial intelligence include
architects, interior decorators, artists, sailors, engineers,
surgeons, sculptors, and painters. Hundreds of well-known experts in
the field of engineering have a great ability to perceive the visual
world in an accurate manner. However, the level of degree of
sophistication can vary among people. Someone may be very good in
perceiving visual images, but they can have little ability in
Some children can show extraordinary brilliance in the following
Spatial intelligence among children is usually apparent and
invisible, unless you train them to display their talents by
transforming the latent talent. One such example is your children’s
ability to draw and paint some figures or objects. Almost all
children can draw images and paint them. However, a handful of them
can excel in this form of art; the images they produce or patterns
that they make could be of very high quality. Similarly, some
children have great talent in using building blocks and
mechanical/construction engineering models to create amazing
structures, patterns and models of automotives and buildings.
Spatial intelligence is a God’s gift to a handful of people.
However, you can still try to train your children in honing spatial
intelligence skills by creating awareness on the importance of
mental images and creation of internal movements within a larger
configuration of visual perceptions. Learning about spatial
intelligence is slightly different than learning other complex
cognitive skills. However, it is still possible to train your
children in this special area of intelligence by using advanced
methods as suggested by educational and academic experts.
By Alexandra Shires Golon
Looking for ways to differentiate your instruction to meet
the needs of gifted visual-spatial learners? You have found
it in Visual-Spatial Learners: Differentiation Strategies
for Creating a Successful Classroom. Visual-spatial learners
are students who show advanced abilities with computers,
maps, construction toys, and puzzles.
These students think outside the box and demonstrate
tremendous empathy and compassion. Too often, traditional
classroom teaching strategies do not meet the needs of these
students. By incorporating visual-spatial strategies to help
students learn, you can more effectively reach every
student. The techniques outlined within these pages help all
learners succeed - regardless of their preferred learning