Pediatric Rehabilitation ServicesConditions We TreatVisual Perception or Visual Motor dysfunction

Visual Perception or Visual Motor dysfunction

“Visual Perception” is how the brain understands what the eyes sees and include; color, size, shape and direction of objects.

“Visual Motor” is the use of vision and hands to perform tasks. Examples of this are writing, drawing and tying shoes.

Associated Symptoms

  • Seeing letters backward
  • Poor understanding of what has been read
  • Difficulty reading or writing letters and words
  • Frequent loss of place while writing or reading
  • Confusion of similar looking words
  • Letter/word reversals after the first grade
  • Difficulty learning spelling words
  • Difficulty copying from the board
  • Poor handwriting or difficulty with aligning numbers for math work
  • Inconsistent or poor sports performance
  • Head tilting or closing one eye
  • Headaches or nausea after reading
  • Squinting while looking at the board
  • Excessive eye blinking

Rehab Evaluation

The occupational therapist will talk to you about the child’s medical history and current difficulties.

The therapist will then meet with your child. She will observe your child and ask your child to do specific activities that measure how your child performs a task in relation to children of the same age. The therapist will be watching how your child performs with eye/hand coordination, ball skills, handwriting, fine motor skills, eye gaze/attention to tasks and eye tracking of objects.

The therapist will then meet with you to discuss their findings and recommendations.

Treatment with an occupational therapist (OT) will help your child to learn activities and exercises to help your child perform daily activities.

The OT may also suggest that you:

  • Make changes in the environment
  • Increase or decreased stimulation
  • Help your child break down tasks into simple steps
  • Do handwriting training

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