My conversation with Dr. Beverley Steffert

Dr. Beverley Steffert, a psychologist who works in dyslexic assessment is the first psychologist to research in the UK into the link between dyslexia and creative ability. Her study contained participants that consisted of 360 foundation-year students at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design. Her findings showed that up to three-quarters of the students assessed have a form of dyslexia.I recently emailed Dr. Beverley Steffert for more information on her study regarding students with dyslexia and the creative subjects. She emailed me with a detailed response. Within the information she states that she has proved that the brain of dyslexic people develops differently to those who do not have dyslexia. People who have dyslexia hone into their visual-spatial ability, which is shown within Dr. Steffert’s research. Dr. Steffert proved this by creating a test, which measures spatial ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Image 2 – (Dr. Sreffert. B, personal communication, January 10, 2017)
Image 1 – (Dr. Sreffert. B, personal communication, January 10, 2017)

 

An America psychologist, David Wechsler, created the Wechsler I.Q. test. His work was mainly dedicated to testing the intelligence within humans. (Wechsler Intelligence Scale For Children Vs. Adults, n.d.). He created two tests: one for adults, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and one for children Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). The children’s I.Q. test was initially developed in 1949. The test is aimed at children aged five to fifteen years old to conclude the thought process. The age range has not changed to children aged five to sixteen. (Wechsler Intelligence Scale For Children Vs. Adults, n.d.). The WISC looks at two features of intellect within children; verbal and performance. The test takes between 65 – 80 minutes to complete. Children need to aim for the average score of 100, with higher scores indicating that the child is highly intelligent, and lower scores show a child struggles with both verbal and performance skills. The test is used in cases to help diagnose if a child has a low cognitive function or they have a disability. (Wechsler Intelligence Scale For Children Vs. Adults, n.d.).

 

Dr. Steffert indicates that people who have dyslexia have the capability to perceive multi-dimensionally which must add to their creative processing, which will help to see patterns, and help problem solving. She has been trying to develop a more thorough test to help solve the big question. At the moment she is trying to develop a visual spatial test for pupils aged six to seven year olds. This test is to examine visual spatial thinkers, who are more likely to be dyslexic and find out what subjects they are good at. This will help teachers and parents before the pupils loose their confidence within more academic subjects. This test is aimed to get the best out of children who struggle to read and how it will help them do what they excel in within school. Hopefully I will be able to keep in contact with Dr. Steffert about her research in the future.

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