Signs and Symptoms of Visual Information Gathering and Visual Information Processing Problems

 

Visual Motor Observations

 

1. Paper constantly moving

2. Poor posture when writing

3. Poor pencil grasp

 

MORE visual motor observations…

 

 

 

Relationship of Visual Motor Skills to Academic Performance

 

    Child considered by teacher to be “lazy”, “not trying”

 

    Has difficulty with all written work

 

    Sloppy work, rejected as unreadable

 

    Constant motion (paper and body)

 

    MORE relationship of visual motor skills to academic

    performance

 

 

 

Symptoms of Visual Motor Integration Difficulties

 

    Poor handwriting

 

    Inability to put a column of numbers in a straight line

 

    Can respond orally but can’t get it down on paper

 

    Contorts himself when writing

 

    May be good artistically – but dislikes coloring pictures

 

    Poor at tasks requiring hand-eye coordination

 

    MORE symptoms of visual motor integration difficulties…

 

 

 

Gross Motor Observations

 

    Posture – observe trunk, shoulders, arms

 

    Excessive activity (non-directed)

 

    Deterioration of visual distance from paper

 

    Visual control of motor movements

 

        Laterality

 

        Does child seem one sided?

        Uses both sides, but not together?

        Difficulty crossing midline?

 

 

        Directionality

 

        Demonstrates left/right confusion?

        Demonstrates top/bottom confusion?

        Dominance

        Mixed?

        Crossed?

        Established?

 

 

 

    Signs of Gross Motor Problems

 

        Child in constant motion as reported by parent and

        teacher

 

        Walks into walls (doesn’t look where he’s going)

 

        Uncoordinated (one-sided) movements

 

        Can’t skip, hop or jump

 

        Uncoordinated athletically

 

        MORE signs of gross motor problems

 

 

 

    Symptoms of Perceptual Difficulties

 

        Difficulty judging size and shape

 

        Difficulty recognizing objects that are similar to familiar

        objects

 

        Papers from school that involved discrimination of

        similarities and differences are poor

 

        Difficulty learning letters and numbers

 

        Parent has hard time teaching “anything”

 

        MORE symptoms of perceptual difficulties

 

 

 

    Signs of Visual Perceptual Difficulties

 

        Child tends to be slow

 

        Child tends to be impulsive

 

        Guesses at solutions

 

        When making discriminations tends not to utilize same

        factors as other children

 

        Ignores small differences and similarities

 

        MORE signs of visual perceptual difficulties

 

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Dr. Brent W. Neufeld, Optometrist

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403-242-1800

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