Visual-Spatial Processing Tips and Solutions

Visual-Spatial Processing Issues

This series of posts will discuss what “visual-spatial processing” difficulties involve and how parents (and teachers and tutors) can work with children to adapt to these learning differences. If your child has other “special needs,” the adaptations suggested in these posts may also be helpful for your child’s particular issues. This first post will define visual-spatial processing issues.



What Are Visual-Spatial Processing Issues?

A child (or adult) with “Visual-Spatial Processing” issues has difficulty in organising visual information into meaningful patterns and understanding how the patterns might change as they rotate and move through space. A child with this learning difference/disability (LD/SLD) will have difficulty with activities such as:

  • identifying visual details and their spatial arrangement; for example:
    • determining whether or not things are an exact match
    • identifying changes in things over time
  • comparing and contrasting visual information quickly
  • working with abstract concepts such as pattern recognition and map and graph interpretation
  • “seeing in the mind’s eye” or “getting the picture”
  • determining directions, including left and right
  • finding ways through mazes and following complex directions
  • picking out and recognising even simple patterns
  • estimating and comparing lengths and distances
  • learning to recognise, remember and use letters and numerals
  • reading charts, maps and blueprints, and extracting needed information
  • significant difficulty and frustration with penmanship, artwork, spelling, phonetic decoding skills, leading to avoidance of class work
  • visual information may seem disconnected and the child may perceive only parts of the information, totally “missing” some of the visual details
  • if gaps develop in basic arithmetic and geometry skills due to inability to keep up with other children, more advanced math may become very difficult; the same type of gaps can occur with other literacy skills including reading and writing

What This Series of Posts Will Cover:

In the posts in this series, we look at:

If you have tips or experiences to share, please feel free to comment! Thanks!

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