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Visual Processing

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Visual Processing allows us to understand what we see and is essential for reading and writing. Visual Processing skills help students recognize and order visual information, allowing them to develop into quick, accurate readers and writers.

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Difficulties with Visual Processing can occur even when a student has good Vision. Visual Processing impacts reading and writing development in multiple ways:

  • Visual Discrimination is the ability to identify different visual stimuli. During reading, this allows students to distinguish different letters.
  • Visual Sequencing is the ability to determine the order of images, words, or symbols.
  • Visual Spatial Processing is the ability to recognize the relation of objects in space to one another and to oneself. During reading, these are important for determining the arrangement of words on a page.
  • Visual-Motor Integration refers to hand-eye coordination skills that allow students to physically write or type words.

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