Friday, December 13, 2013


Visual perceptual skills are the ability to efficiently process visual information. When a child has visual perceptual problems, it can lead to challenges with writing, eye-hand coordination tasks, memory and attending to task.

There are a variety of strategies that may be helpful if visual perceptual skills are challenged. Here are some:

1)    Limit distractions
2)    Keep the working surface clear except for paper and pencil
3)    Use a ruler to keep place when reading
4)    For cutting, outline shapes/forms with a highlighter
5)    Provide a letterstrip for the student’s desk
6)    Use a word processor with spell check
7)    Highlight the writing lines on paper
8)    Try raised lined paper
9)    Limit writing requirements
10) Try colored overlays for reading
11) Provide tactile input (writing with chalk or placing paper over a piece of sandpaper)
12) Practice forming letters in the air using the pointer finger while eyes are closed
13) Use a slant board for reading and writing (Click here for instructions to make a slant board)
14) Provide desk copies of notes written on the board

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the ideas. I have recently been transitioning from working mostly with adults for a while and I appreciate the ideas. A few of these I am familiar with and have been using but I for one recognize that it is always GREAT to learn and grow by sharing with peers and those with more experience in the different areas of OT. I plan to be at the convention in April and I hope you will be as well. I would love to pick your brain some more. Again thanks for the tips n tricks!