Visual perception allows us to understand and interpret the information received through our eyes. There are many subdivisions of visual perceptual skills such as:
- visual discrimination – identifying the subtle difference between two forms.
- visual figure-ground – the ability to identify an object from a busy background
- visual closure – the ability to fill in the gaps when part of the image is absent.
- visual sequential memory – recalling a visual sequence of forms.
- visual memory – recalling what has been seen.
- visual form constancy – the ability to recognise a form appearing in a different orientation or size.
- visual spatial relationships – the ability to identify when a form or part of a form is rotated.
Reading, writing, maths, drawing and many other daily activities require effective visual perceptual skills. A deficit in this area can impact on a child or young persons ability to work to his or her potential within the classroom and effectiveness in other areas of life.
Occupational therapy can provide activities in which to work on visual perceptual skills and put strategies in place to minimise the impact of poor visual perception.
If you feel your child may experience difficulties in this area you can contact me by phone or through my contact page.