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In this installment of my series on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we’re going to look at what the spatial intelligence is and how to identify it.

Picture-smart learners are skilled at visualization. They can re-create visual experiences of people, places and objects that are no longer physically present. They can also manipulate what they see in their mind’s eye, and tend to think 3-dimensionally. This can mean zooming in or out, seeing from different angles, or somehow changing the mental picture by adding, subtracting or transforming elements of it. These skills can also make it easier to give directions, follow directions, and read maps accurately.

This intelligence may or may not relate to a person’s artistic abilities. Not all people who are spatially intelligent are artists, however most artists will possess this intelligence.

*Parts of this post are taken from The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Mindful Children (Adams Media), a book I authored along with partner Jeremy Wardle. Order your copy here!

Stay tuned for the next post, where we’ll look at different activities you can do at home

to strengthen your child’s spatial skills.

 Want to catch up? Read these earlier posts from the Multiple Intelligence series:

1) Multiple Intelligences: An Overview For Parents (p.1)
2) Multiple Intelligences: An Overview For Parents (p.2)
3) The Linguistic Intelligence: How to Identify Word-Smart Learners
4) Cultivate Your Linguistic Intelligence: Activities for Word-Smart Learners
5) The Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: What Is A Logic-Smart Learner?
6) Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Logic-Smarts
7) What is the Naturalist Intelligence?
8 ) 6 Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Nature-Smarts

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