Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
Signs and Symptoms
- May have reversals: b for d, p for q or inversions: u for n, w for m
- Has difficulty negotiating around school campus, neighborhood, shopping malls, etc.
- Complains eyes hurt and itch, rubs eyes, complains print blurs while reading
- Turns head when reading across page or holds paper at odd angles
- Closes one eye while working, may yawn while reading
- Cannot copy accurately
- Loses place frequently
- Does not recognize an object/word if only part of it is shown
- Holds pencil too tightly; often breaks pencil point/crayons
- Struggles to cut or paste
- Misaligns letters; may have messy papers, which can include letters colliding, irregular spacing, letters not on line
- Avoid focusing on stylistic/neatness aspects of handwriting
- Allow students to orally dictate creative stories
- Provide alternative for written assignments
- Suggest use of pencil grips and specially designed pencils and pens
- Allow use of computer or word processor
- Restrict copying tasks
- Provide tracking tools: ruler, text windows
- Use large print books
- Plan to order or check out books on tape
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