Functional vision is an integral component of academic success. Surprisingly, approximately 25% of all children present with some visual perceptual difficulties which may impact their ability to effectively learn and fully access their environment. Taking continuing education courses with Theramoves is a valuable way to gain new visual perceptual skills to assist in occupational therapy treatment sessions.
What is visual perception?
Visual perception is the way our brains perceive visual information. While some individuals may have good ocular vision, visual perception occurs in the brain and is not necessarily related to ocular function. Visual perception allows us to distinguish between people, objects, and our environments. One aspect of reading and writing is the ability to discriminate between letters and visually process the word from among others on the page. There are seven sub-skills of visual perception, including visual discrimination, visual closure, figure-ground, and visual memory.
Children with visual perceptual dysfunction may present with poor reading skills, difficulty distinguishing between similar-looking objects, copying letters/words quickly and efficiently, and problem copying from the board to paper. Dyslexia is a diagnosis that is intertwined with poor visual processing. Younger children may have difficulty with simple puzzles, differentiating between shapes, or locating objects from a crowded background.
The courses are suitable for:
- Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Special Educators
- Reading teachers
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Visual processing is an integral part of our ability to complete everyday functional tasks. For developing children, it can be even more crucial as it is the foundation of learning in our classrooms. Helping a child deal with visual perception difficulties and succeed is helping to set them up for life. Targeting these issues effectively via trained professionals can help a child succeed and thrive in school and at home.