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Visual Perception Activities for Kids

Updated on July 2, 2017

Visual Perceptual Activities Are Fun

Visual perception skills plays an important role in reading, writing and motor skill activities. This article explains exactly what visual perceptual skills are and provides activities and suggestions for working on these skills.

All About Visual Perception

Visual Perception is the way the brain makes sense of what the eyes see. This is not the same as the term visual acuities, which means how clearly a person sees (for example "20/20 vision"). A person can have 20/20 vision and still have problems with visual perception. Good visual perceptual skills are needed for reading, writing, cutting, drawing, and completing math problems. A child who has problems with visual perception skills might have difficulties working puzzles, copying block designs, or discriminating shapes, pictures or letters.

Visual Spatial processing falls under the umbrella of visual perception and is the ability understand directional concepts for organizing visual space. For example, it is the ability to perceive the position of two or more objects as they relate to each other and as they relate to your own body. For example, if you are walking through a room, you must know where you are positioned in relation to the walls, floor, other people, and furniture in that room. If you have visual spatial problems, you may have challenges with maneuvering through space, with ball skills, and with writing and spacing between words and letters.

Recent Research

Recent research reveals that the spatial language that parents use around their children causes the children to better attend to spatial information. For example, toddlers who frequently heard words such as "over, under, beside, tall, round, and short" from their parents scored better on spatial tasks at an older age! Additional research tells us that skills practice can improve spatial abilities. Since spatial processing is related to success in science, technology and math, as parents, we might as well expose our children to spatial language and activities!

I have listed several games and workbooks below that I use in therapy when working on visual perception. You may want to check them out. Good luck!

Visual Perceptual Games and Activities

What follows are some games and activities that I use in therapy to address visual perception.

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