Learning and Sharing

Big Picture Thinking

on April 29, 2018



Learners of all ages who experience difficulty with big picture thinking and concept imagery may struggle with:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Following directions
  • Memory
  • Oral language expression
  • Written language expression
  • Grasping humor
  • Interpreting social situations
  • Reading “between the lines”
  • Understanding cause and effect

In order to become proficient readers, learners have to be able to understand the meaning of what they read.  This skill requires not only comprehension but good thinking.  Information is conveyed through concepts and not just facts. Most of my clients are able to answer fact based wh-questions about what they read because they are good at rote memorization of facts and knowledge.  When asked to summarize or talk about cause and effect, these same clients use a list of facts to retell a story.  Rote memory recall is not really thinking.  Conceptual processing difficulties impact reading comprehension, getting the main idea of what is read, and formulating written expression.




We can build our brains with critical thinking skills.  Below are a few of my favorite resources:

Develop concept imagery as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking

Think about situations as a whole rather than parts.


My Best,






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