‘Visual Processing’ Blog Posts
We read from top to bottom and left to right. We form letters in specific directions. Even writing your letters correctly involves directionality. Starting letters at the top and moving down is easier and faster and coincides with how we read. Yet, kids left to there own often start writing letters from the bottom up. These are often the kids that haven’t learned the top down orientation of reading, starting at the top of the page and reading from left to right.
Auditory and visual closure play an important role in reading fluency. Auditory closure is the ability to bring sounds and/or words together to gain meaning from them, visual closure is the ability to bring letters, partial letters, or words together to make sense of them.
Visual discrimination is directly connected to reading fluency. Visual discrimination is the ability to discern subtle similarities and differences visually. This is the process of seeing details. What is the same? What is different? Shapes, sizes, and colors are details to be looked at. An additional part of visual discrimination is ‘form constancy.’
Difficulties with visual processing areas can affect spelling. Poor visual memory and visual discrimination skills lead to trouble with spelling.
As you know, we learn through seeing, hearing, and doing. Learning to read incorporates each of those areas.
Today I’m talking about combining the auditory and visual components of reading in what is called phonemic awareness.
Phoneme blending: Children listen to a sequence of separately spoken phonemes and then combine the phonemes to form a word. /d/ /o/ /g/ is dog. (This is the process used in decoding words.)
Visual processing is one of the key areas involved with learning. Once you understand more about the visual processing system and what you can do to improve visual processing, learning becomes easier.
Do your kids have trouble with:
- Following instructions?
- Rhyming words?
- Reading comprehension?
- Listening comprehension?
- Remembering facts?
- Reading aloud or dislike reading aloud?
- Spelling words accurately?
- Word problems?
These are all symptoms of difficulty with just one area of auditory processing. And auditory processing is one of the most common areas impacted in kids or adults with learning disabilities.
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