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Visual Perception Problems
Visual perception is the ability to interpret and understand what we
see. This is not a single visual skill, but involves a number of related
abilities, which allow a child to:
l Focus on the task
l Recognize letters and words
l Remember what he or she reads
l Understand math concepts
l Match sounds with visual symbols
Visual perception abilities are key to efficient learning. The brain
uses the visual information received through the eyes to create
meaningful images, words and ideas that allow a child to understand
and respond to the world around him or her.
Visual perception problems, also called visual information processing
problems, affect how the brain perceives and processes what the
eyes see. Visual perception abilities include:
l Visual discrimination - the ability to distinguish similarities
and differences between objects like letters (d, b) or shapes
l Visual sequencing - the ability to determine or
remember the order of symbols, words, or objects.
l Visual figure-ground - the ability to locate a single object
within a complex background.
l Visual-motor processing - using feedback from the eyes to
coordinate movement of other parts of the body
l Visual memory - the ability to recall what is seen
l Visual closure - the ability to know what an object is when
only parts of it are visible.
l Visual spatial relationships - understanding the position
and relationship of objects to oneself and knowing right and left.
Children with visual perception problems may have difficulty with letter
reversals, learning the alphabet, recognizing words, and understanding
basic math concepts.
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