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Tactile Perception

Tactile Perception refers to the ability to match an object being touched with an idea of what the object is and how it is to  be used or handled. This ability  allows us to handle objects such as touch screens, buttons, zippers, pocket change, and even fragile objects  without fumbling, even though we can’t necessarily see all the parts of the items as we

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Spatial Orientation

From Handwriting to Geometry The term “spatial orientation” refers to use of vision when comparing the way in which things are turned and rotated. In terms of daily living skills, spatial orientation is the knack of being aware of how objects are turned and how they fit together.  For example, in the home this skill helps children learn which foot fits into a sneaker,

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Improving Visual Perceptual Skills At home and at school

Part 1:  Visual Perceptual Skills – What are they ? Visual Perceptual Skills is a term that refers to the process of becoming aware of objects through the sense of vision. Children who have sensory processing disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Autism often tend to have some degree of difficulty with visual perceptual skills.   These  skills cover many aspects of vision and consists of

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Spatial Orientation Part 2

According to several researchers, the position in which the body is held has an impact upon visual spatial orientation. Success in activities that involve spatial orientation are influenced by features such as head position and control of the back.  In addition, the slant of the low back is also a key feature. Children who have difficulty with coordination tend to have problems with spatial

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This photo shows a boy building a scooter from over sized geometric shapes while kneeling on a flat swing and following directions shown on an iPad

Visual Spatial Orientation

A key factor for self care, handwriting and math Although these basic shapes are made up of the same parts, the way in which each part is turned makes a world of difference to their  meanings and sounds of each letter. As children learn more about how objects can have different meanings depending upon how they are turned,  visual spatial orientation skills  help them

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Multisensory Approaches to Learning

Children who have Sensory Processing Disorders seem to learn best through use of  multisensory approaches  that do not overwhelm. This means that  using a combination of sensory inputs and prompting self-initiated, but different forms of sensory stimulation, is likely to enhance learning.  Vision was activated when this activity was presented by showing the youngster a wooden playhouse with familiar letter cutouts. He knew several

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Key Features of Pattern Recognition

Key features of Pattern Recognition include the ability to identify and classify: What is it that I am seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting? What goes with it? What do I do with the information? What comes next? Pattern Recognition can be problematic for children with Sensory Processing Disorders This type of problem solving can be problematic for the child with SPD in that pattern

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Pattern Recognition Part 1

Through Ages & Stages Pattern recognition, the ability to code information by analyzing features, comparing them with memory, and predicting what is likely to happen next is an essential aspect of learning. Sometimes the information to be recognized is  presented in the  auditory mode, such as when saying and repeating  numbers from 1-10 or letters, or when singing the “Alphabet Song”.  At other times

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Upper Body Strength

Increases independence in self care at home and fine motor success at school Low muscle tone, and poor coordination tend to be a problem for many children who have Sensory Processing Dysfunction and may result in weak upper body strength.  This impacts the muscles of the neck needed to hold the head in a centered position so that the eye muscles can work properly. 

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Activating the Vestibular Triad

stimulates eyes, ears, and coordination Although the vestibular system primarily responds to movements of the head, it   also responds to sensory  input from the ears and eyes.  Signals within the vestibular  system are protective. When stimulated, these signals work together on the muscles of the body   to position the head into an upright position. When stimulated, the vestibular system tends to prompt all of

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