Visual Perception

Children who have difficulties in this area may have:

+ A poor sense of direction and have difficulties judging speed and distance
+ Difficulties with organisational skills
+ A tendency to reverse words i both reading and spelling (e.g. saw for was) and have difficulty with letter and number orientation.
+ Difficulty understanding abstract maths concepts, particularly in the areas of shape, space and measure
+ Problems with comparative language (e.g. taller than)
+ Difficulty completing jigsaw puzzles
+ Problems with copying from the board
+ Problems with interpreting and organising diagrams, charts etc.
+ Difficulty with structuring and organising written work
+ Strengths in logic, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills
+ Enjoyment using multi-sensory strategies when learning
+ A tendency to use audio strategies to aid recall of information
+ A preference for a phonic approach to learning to read

Activities to develop visual perception skills

Feely bag - describe a shape or object by feeling it without looking - then describe it again when they can see it.

Magnetic patterns/pictures - Copy a pattern or picture using a magnetic board and tiles/shapes.

Guess What? - Guess the identity of an object when only part is visible. A picture of an object could be cut in to four or more parts with only one part being given at a time until it has been identified.

Puzzles - a)Jigsaw puzzles or varying degrees of difficulty; b)tangrams of varying degrees of difficulty.

Draw a face - Look carefully at the potiions of facial features on a real person (or photo) and then reproduce them as closely as possible.

Symmetry - a)Colour symmetrical patterns b) Colour symmetrical pictures.

Mazes - Follow sensory mazes using a variety of different materials, folowing pencil and paper mazes or, design and construct your own.

Movement - allow directional and positional instructions in PE using symbols as a reminder.