Symbol Recognition

This is the capacity to recognize and remember a word or symbol visually that has been seen before. The following problems occur when this capacity is weak.

The person has to study a word many more times than average before he can visually memorize the word and thus recognize it and say it correctly the next time he sees it. The person literally does not recognize the word "house" as the same word he has seen before. As a result learning to read and spell words is a slow process. A person with this problem has trouble visually recognizing his spelling errors. 

The person's word recognition level (i.e., words he can see and say immediately) is low.
Reading speed is slow because the person has to rely on sounding out words that he should be able to recognize.
The person has great difficulty visually memorizing symbol patterns in mathematics (e.g., patterns in algebra) or in chemistry (e.g., chemical equations).

Arrowsmith has changed the way I learn to a whole different level. It has taught me to be patient, and it has allowed me to mature in different ways. I am glad that I was placed in this program because if I had not participated, I would probably be stressing out in high school with my learning difficulties instead of feeling like a regular student.

- Faye, Student

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