Visual Perception

Is the ability of the visual processing part of the brain (visual association cortex) to interpret the information seen by the eye.

Visual Perception Sand castleThe ability to interpret this information seen by the eye is a learned response. Visual perception is used from very young as a baby learning to move about and crawl which then leads to the development of the more formal skills which are needed for learning/schooling.

Reduced visual perception levels in a child, when compared to the levels for a normal average child, can often be demonstrated in a child who is having difficulty in their learning ability in either maths or reading or both areas. These children often reverse letters, words and numbers and have major difficulties copying words from the whiteboard.  Remembering sight words and difficulties with comprehension and geometry can also be indicators of a child’s reduced visual perception abilities.

We have extensive experience is assessing children with visual processing difficulties. Some treatment is offered for children that have a mild deficit in visual processing disorders, however, children with extensive difficulties are referred to specialty occupational therapy clinics for intensive therapy.