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Visual Processing

Visual processing is the way the brain, not the eyes, processes the world around us, including things like symbols, pictures, and distances. Individuals with visual processing issues often struggle with visual memory, visual-motor skills and processing what they see, which can affect their reading, tracking, writing and math abilities. The person may see the information clearly, but their brain cannot process the information they see. This may be the reason they write their letters backward, forget letters and numbers, aren’t able to sequence math facts, and can’t use their eyes to track their hand as they write on a piece of paper or copy notes from another source.

  • Visual Discrimination

    Visual discrimination is a limitation that describes a person's inability to see details in an image. So, an individual would have difficulty distinguishing among similar images.

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  • Visual Sequencing

    Visual sequencing limitations surround one's ability to see images in a specific order.

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  • Visual Memory

    When an individual is limited in visual memory he/she is unable to recall an image. The object is not stored. This can result in poor comprehension.

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  • Visual Motor Processing

    Visual motor processing involves the connection between the eyes and the hands. For example, handwriting or drawing is an exercise in visual motor processing. The inability to copy something could be the result of a visual motor processing limitation.

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  • Visual Closure

    Visual closure is a limitation that describes a person's inability to visualize an entire object. In other words, an individual can only see part of an image, such as a letter or number.

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  • Spatial Relationships

    When an individual has difficulty with spatial relationships, he/she cannot distinguish the location of one object in relation to another.

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