What can I do to help my child with visual perception?

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There are different aspects to visual perception including visual spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual memory and visual closure. The therapy links below provide full definitions and examples. Different strategies are suggested depending on where your child has difficulty. Here are some general ideas that will help in the classroom:

  • Reduce visual clutter e.g. take unnecessary pictures off homework sheets; don’t seat child near a window where they can be distracted; clear the desk.
  • Don’t expect the child to copy from the board; maybe have their worksheet to copy from next to their workbook on their desk
  • Ensure any photocopies are of good quality with clear outlines
  • Use consistent fonts for worksheets.

How can I get professional help?

An occupational therapist can offer a visual perceptual assessment to help determine if your child has difficulty with particular visual perception skills.