Visual Discrimination and Directionality Activities
Visual Discrimination and Directionality Activities (digital download - usable on a computer or iPad) was created for young kids, students, and older individuals with weak visual discrimination and directionality skills, so proficiency can be achieved while having fun. Visual discrimination is the ability to detect subtle differences in objects, including letters and numbers, and to distinguish them from ones that are similar. Directionality refers to the ability to discriminate between left and right, east and west, and objects or images that are facing left or right. Those that struggle with these two skills may have difficulty discriminating similar letters such as b from d or the greater sign from the lesser sign. They may also have a hard time telling the difference between similar-looking symbols such as the letter s and number 5. These skills are acquired gradually, and they may improve at different rates and for each learner. As a result, anyone that desires to exercise and improve these visual processing skills can benefit from doing the activities in this publication. With continued use, this workbook can be used as an outstanding, remedial tool.
The publication is 52 pages and offers a generous assortment of enjoyable activities to exercise and realize these needed skills.
What is the Impact of Poor Visual Discrimination Skills?
Visual discrimination problems affect reading fluency because of difficulties detecting subtle visual similarities and differences. This can also cause slow and labored word tracking skills because the individual will have to spend time and cognitive space making sense of the visual information. Difficulties in this processing area can also cause problems discerning similarities and differences in shapes (such as a circle and an oval), numbers (such as a seven and a one), as well as pictures at large. Another documented effect of poor visual discrimination skills is a sense of immaturity in how one processes and reacts to visual information, and this can lead to poor decision-making.
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What Diagnoses are Served by This Publication?
- Educational therapists and learning specialists
- Occupational therapists
- Teachers and tutors
- Play therapists
- Vision Therapists
What Other Areas of Cognition are Strengthened by Completing These Activities?
- Processing speed
- Visual sequencing
- Visual-spatial skills
- Visual form constancy
- Visual reasoning skills
- Executive functioning skills
- Attentional skills
- Working memory
How to Use This Publication:
- Complete these activities on a computer or tablet. See the image below to learn how.
- Purchase dry erase pockets, print the activities in color, and let students practice the pages over and over again.
- Print the sheets in color and let your student(s) complete the pages.