Five Ways to Help with Visual Processing Skills

Since 75 to 90% of what we take in is visual, it is crucial that students have strong visual processing skills. Think about it. Reading, writing, math, spelling, watching a teacher give a lesson, or copying information from the board all involve visual processing skills. Most students come to us with varying degrees of visual abilities, so holiday break is s great time to plug in crucial skills! Following are some ideas to help students perceive visual information better. Some even make nice gifts to put under the tree! 1. Mazes, dot-to-dots, puzzles, and word searches are always helpful for visual processing skills. 2. The games Blink, Spot-It, and Slamwich all help with visual processing skills as well as helping kids process information faster.

3. Give your child a book or reading passage that he/she can easily read. Have your child read just the first and last letters on each line of the page. Start with short pages and large print and gradually choose books with smaller print. Work on increasing speed.

4. Cut out a section of a newspaper, brochure, or another source of written information that you won't mind getting ruined. Have your child start at the left and line by line circle all of the o's. You can switch letters each day. If your child has issues with reversals, you can have him/her circle the letters he/she struggles with, such as b's or d's. Work on increasing speed.

5. Get a soft ball and throw it back and forth to each other. Once your child gets better at it, you can have him/her stand on one leg to play catch. Then switch legs. Next, have him/her hop on one leg while playing catch. Then switch legs. Be sure your child is using his/her dominant hand to throw and catch the ball.

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