Category Archives: Vision

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Expanding Visual Perceptual Skills Visual perception is the ability to understand one’s surroundings based upon what is seen.  Visual perceptual skills involve the use of eye muscles to look over the surroundings, use of language to describe the surroundings, and use of hands and feet to manipulate objects in the surroundings. Different aspects of visual perception are used for self-care, social and academic skills. Common

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Motor Planning and Coordination

Features that reinforce success! Motor Planning is a term used to describe the ability to plan and carry out a skilled motor act in the correct sequence from beginning to end.  Motor planning is a feature of coordination that allows for mid-course corrections during a motor act. Body awareness, muscle strength, and functional vision are three elements of motor planning that are usually integrated during

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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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Visual Sequencing and Tracking Skills

Visual sequencing refers to the ability to organize images in a particular order. This skill is needed for success with reading, spelling (organizing letters in a particular order), mathematic operations, running bases in baseball, planning for moves in football, cheerleading, dancing, etc. The ability to organize visual images in any specific order begins with the ability to move the eyes from point to point

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Functional Vision: Beyond 20/20

Functional vision behavior includes more than 20/20 vision.  While use of vision for reading and handwriting or keyboarding are very important, use of the eyes for self care, guiding motor moves for coordination, identifying objects in the environment and determining  how they are used, are crucial for success with  independent living skills. Functional vision behavior can be strengthened through “play”,  by tapping into the

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Fine Motor Skills Part 2

The Visual Component The ability to use vision to guide the sequencing of  motor output is a defining point in the development of fine motor competency. Acquisition of this skill allows for use of tools for self care, including utensils as well as grooming aids such as combs for hair care and razors for shaving. A growing child will also need to learn to

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Capturing Attention

Heavy work activities are often used to improve postural control and upper body stability.   The heavy work helps to modulate attention and to prepare the upper body to support follow up fine motor skills.  However, physioball walk outs  and other resistive activities commonly used for heavy work can easily become routine, resulting in decreased attention to task and postural control. We found a discounted

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Visual Sequencing Skills: Following step-by-step instructions

Visual sequencing essentially incorporates the use of language skills as you talk yourself through a task.  However the activity presented to this youngster incorporates a wealth of additional learning skills. Visual Sequencing involves use of the concept “what comes next?”  This is a vital reading readiness skill  in that the youngster is required to mentally organize a series of  visual images/letters along with their

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Back to School with Sustained Visual Regard!

Getting youngsters with Sensory Processing Disorders to sustain visual attention and visual pursuits as needed for greater success in reading and exploring the environment can be problematic. Without sustained visual attention, the ability to name  and understand the functionality of whatever it is you are looking at, is difficult.  Without the ability to sustain looking for visual pursuit of the object as it  moves,

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Back to School with Visual Association Skills

Many children who have Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)  also have difficulty with Visual Association skills  (the ability to connect language with visual images).  Research using Diffusion tensor Imaging shows us that this may be due to poor connectivity of  brain pathways responsible for linking the visual cortex with the language cortex of the brain. Fortunately, when children are young and the cortex of the

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