Visual Processing Disorders
This neurological disorder results in misunderstanding the information that is taken in through the eyes. It is not a vision problem involving sight or sharpness of visiion--it is the difficulty of processing the visual information by the brain. Students with Visual Processing Disorders will have these types of conflicts:
Signs of Visual Processing Disorders
There are many ways the brain processes visual information. Weaknesses in a particular kind of visual processing can often be seen in specific difficulties with practical, everyday tasks.
The Skill -- using the sense of sight to notice and compare the features of different items to distinguish one from another
Visual Figure-Ground Discrimination
The Skill -- discriminating a shape or printed character from its background
The Skill -- the ability to see and distinguish the order of symbols, words, or images
Visual Motor Processing
The Skill -- using feedback from the eyes to coordinate the movement of other parts of the body
The Skill -- there are two kinds of visual memory
The Skill -- the ability to know what an object is when only parts of it are visible
The Skill -- the ability to understand how objects are positioned in space in relation to oneself. This involves the understanding of distance near or far), as well as the relationship of objects and characters described on paper or in a spoken narrative.
From NCLD Visual Processing Issues
VPD Accommodations & Resources
Excerpted from the LDA of California and UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute "Q.U.I.L.T.S." Calendar 2001-2002