Thursday, June 16, 2011

Practical Suggestions to Address Visual Challenges

   Use a colored highlighter to highlight writing lines, or every other line to be read.
   Use commercially available raised-lined paper that bumps when the pencil crosses over it. 
    Teach letters by having the child write in sand, shaving cream, or on paper laid over sand paper or other bumpy surfaces.
    Use graph paper for spacing issues. Instruct the child to place letters or numbers in each box and the child can leave empty boxes for spaces.
    Use a ruler or folded piece of paper as a guide to expose the line being read or written on to help focus on one line at a time.
    Place work on a slanted surface such as a 3-inch binder turned sideways, or purchase a slant board. These can be visually helpful.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent strategies. For visual attention, self-regulation seems to be a major issue. Offering a sensory diet and then performing attention-based tasks is helpful, such as navigating an obstacle course while visually targeting a specific (preferred) play component. For example, I was setting up a construction scene and had vehicles around the room. The kiddo had to pick which one he wanted and visually keep his eyes on it while going through the course. I also like to do "dark" activities because kids have to slow down and focus when light is limited. I wrote a continuing education course for occupational and physical therapists at called "Flashlight Therapy For Kids."