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Visual Processing allows us to understand what we see. Visual Processing skills help learners recognize and order visual information, including symbols such as numbers and letters. Adults with dyslexia may demonstrate difficulties with the Visual Processing of words, stemming from problems with Phonological Awareness which can disrupt the process of attending to and decoding words.
Difficulties with Visual Processing can occur even when a learner has good Vision. Visual Processing can impact adult learning in multiple ways:
Overall Visual Processing, including the speed at which one processes visual stimuli, declines with age, with the sharpest drop occurring in the elderly over age 70. Research has shown that programs that promote cognitive and physical activity can help to mitigate the decline in Visual Processing.