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Visual Perceptual Skills

Visual perception is our ability to make sense of what we see. Visual perceptual skills are essential for everything from navigating our world to reading, writing, and manipulating items. Visual perception is made up of a complex combination of various skills. Visual perceptual skills include visual memory, visual closure, form constancy, visual spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual attention, visual sequential memory, and visual figure ground.

Visual Schedule Cards

Goal Bank

  • Given no more than 3 cues, Laticia will complete visual spatial activities including mazes, hidden pictures, find a word, etc. to improve visual motor skills with 90% accuracy as seen in 3/5 consecutive sessions. 3
  • Ian will successfully copy 6/8 shapes (circle, triangle, square, cross) in 4 /5 trials with min assist and 25% verbal cues for increased graphomotor skills while maintaining an open web space, for optimal participation in a school setting. 0
  • Given near point model, Erlene will copy circle with endpoints within ½ inch 90% of the time as measured by work over 5 therapy sessions to demonstrate eye-hand coordination and visual perceptual skills. 3
  • Jane will draw a line to connect the same objects from the left side to the right side demonstrating eye-hand coordination and visual tracking accuracy in 3 /4 attempts in 3 consecutive sessions, with verbal prompting for attention. 0
  • Darrel will imitate and copy 6 / 8 vertical and horizontal strokes in 4 / 5 trials with min assist and 25% verbal cues for improved graphomotor skills while maintaining a tripod grasp without thumb wrap and with open web space for optimal participation in a school setting. 0
  • Tessa will accurately place 4 / 5 shapes into the form board in 4 /5 trials with setup assist and 25% verbal cues demonstrating improved visuomotor and spatial relationship skills for optimal participation in a school setting. 0
  • Danny independently complete 1-20 dot-to-dot design with success of min 1 /8 " away from the dots, in 4 of 5 trials, with 80% verbal cues to improve visual perception and graphomotor skills. 0
  • Jane will pick up small objects using an inferior pincer grasp and successfully place them into a container with their thumb and fingers using her right-hand 3 times in 4 /5 treatment sessions with setup assist and 30% verbal cues for increased grasp and release accuracy. 0
  • Brice will imitate block designs (train, bridge, wall, etc.) with moderate visual, verbal, and tactile cues 80% of the time in 4/4 trials to improve visual-perceptual skills over 4 therapy sessions. 1

Resources

  • Pumpkin-Visual Perception preview

    Pumpkin-Visual Perception 4

    Glenna Nave

    This worksheet contains 5 strips of pumpkins with arrows facing in different directions. This activity addresses visual motor integration, perceptual skills, and directionality.

    Includes activity list
  • Hearts Visual Perceptual Coloring Activity preview

    Hearts Visual Perceptual Coloring Activity 1

    Glenna Nave

    Directions: Follow the color code below to color the hearts in each row from left to right.

  • Scan to Find: Farm Animals preview

    Scan to Find: Farm Animals 1

    Glenna Nave

    Visual Processing Resource. Scanning Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Scan each row from left to right to locate all of the selected animal.

  • SMHP Letter Size Worksheets preview

    SMHP Letter Size Worksheets 1

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Worksheet. Letter Formation Worksheet. Fine Motor resource. Occupational Therapy Resources. OT. Activity printables to work on identifying letter size of lower case letters a-z and oppo...

  • Letter Box Matching - Spring preview

    Letter Box Matching - Spring 2

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resources. Letter Recognition Resources. Visual Processing Resources. Following the Size Matters Handwriting Program, match the words on the right to the correct size letter boxes on th...

  • Dinosaur Mazes preview

    Dinosaur Mazes 5

    Kevin Dias

    A dinosaur maze activity for working on visual scanning or visual spatial activities in order to improve visual motor skills. The first maze is fairly simple and the second maze is a little harder.

  • Thanksgiving Visual Activity Pack preview

    Thanksgiving Visual Activity Pack 1

    Krystan Inman

    The worksheets attached include various visual exercises to complete. Finish the pattern allows you to first cut on the dotted line and then cut out 4 squares to then problem solve proper placement...

  • Thankful Handwriting Activity preview

    Thankful Handwriting Activity 2

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Resource. Letter formation Worksheet. Fine Motor Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. OT. Use this thankful acrostic poem with 1/2" writing lines to practice handwriting skills.

  • Find and Color- Back to School preview

    Find and Color- Back to School 1

    Glenna Nave

    Visual Discrimination Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Eye-hand. Visual Processing. Locate the eight selected images within the picture and color them in.

    Includes activity list
  • SMHP Star Worthy Capital Letters preview

    SMHP Star Worthy Capital Letters 1

    Glenna Nave

    Handwriting Worksheet. Fine motor Resources. Visual Processing Resources. Occupational Therapy Resources. Line Awareness Resources. Directions: circle the letter(s) in each row that is star worthy.

  • Fine Motor Activities 2021 preview

    Fine Motor Activities 2021 2

    Glenna Nave

    Two activity sheets for the new year.

  • Scavenger Hunt preview

    Scavenger Hunt 1

    Krystan Inman

    A scavenger hunt is fun and can be rewarding. It can boost in self-confidence and offer a sense of accomplishment our children often need. It can build self-esteem and encourage children to mingle ...

  • Let's Draw A Sun preview

    Let's Draw A Sun 5

    Kimberly Luster. COTA

    Drawing and coloring activity with simple step by step directions.

  • Occupational Therapy: Candy Corn Theme preview

    Occupational Therapy: Candy Corn Theme 4

    Glenna Nave

    Visual Perception Resources. Handwriting Resources. Occupational Therapy Resource. Playdoh. This bundle includes worksheets to work on visual perception, fine motor, and handwriting skills.

  • Draw a Pig With Kiki preview

    Draw a Pig With Kiki 2

    Bethany Ayer

    Drawing Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Use this resource to draw a pig. This can be used as a drawing, handwriting, and pre handwriting activity as well as for a visual-spatial exercise

    Includes activity list
  • Make With Shapes -- Before School Hygiene and Health preview

    Make With Shapes -- Before School Hygiene and Health 5

    Nate Hill

    This resource provides shapes that can be traced and steps for laying out the completed shapes to create an image. The patient can then match the completed image they created with one of 3 photos. ...

    Includes activity list
  • Draw a Ladybug Resource preview

    Draw a Ladybug Resource 6

    Kimberly Luster, COTA

    Use this resource to draw a ladybug. Drawing and visuospatial skills are important foundational skills for handwriting.

    Includes activity list
  • Earth Day Activities preview

    Earth Day Activities 2

    Krystan Inman

    Earth Day packet addressing handwriting, visual skills, problem solving, and motor control.

  • Pencil Control Exercises- Vertical Lines preview

    Pencil Control Exercises- Vertical Lines 1

    Glenna Nave

    Writing Resource. Pre-writing Worksheet. Fine Motor Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. OT. Pencil Control. Directions: connect the dots while keeping marks inside the pathway.

  • Arrows-Visual Perception preview

    Arrows-Visual Perception 3

    Glenna Nave

    Visual Perception Resources. Directionality Resources. Occupational Therapy Resource. Physical Therapy Resource. OT. PT. This worksheet activity is used to target visual perception and directionali...

Reference links

  • Visual Motor Skills 1 Author: The OT Toolbox - Here, you find a huge resource on visual motor skills including information, visual motor activities, and tools to support visual motor skill development in kids.   We have shared quite a few posts relating to vision and the integration of what the eyes see with motor movements. On this page, you will find a huge ... Read more
  • Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Social–Emotional Learning Program On Psychosocial Adjustment and Neuropsychological Maturity In Kindergarten Children 2 Author: Moreno Gomez, and Cejudo - Our findings suggest that mindfulness programs may be effective in promoting psychosocial adjustment and improving neuropsychological variables in young children. MindKinder program could enhance self-control and consequently decrease maladaptive behaviors like aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety, attention deficit, academic problems, and disruptive behavior. Improvement in social skills could be due to enhanced regulation of the intra- and inter-personal emotions fostered by the program. Improved non-verbal development, visual perception and attention processes. Citation: Moreno Gomez, Alfonso José & Cejudo, Javier. (2019). Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Social–Emotional Learning Program on Psychosocial Adjustment and Neuropsychological Maturity in Kindergarten Children. Mindfulness. 10. 111-121. 10.1007/s12671-018-0956-6.
  • Effectiveness of a 10-Week Tier-1 Response to Intervention Program In Improving Fine Motor and Visual–Motor Skills In General Education Kindergarten Students 2 Author: Ohl, Graze, Weber, Kenny, Salvatore, & Wagreich - Tier 1 RtI approach to be effective in improving the fine motor and visual–motor skills of kindergarten children at the beginning of the school year. Occupational therapy practitioners have a beneficial role in contributing effective Tier 1 strategy and practices that support the needs of students in the classroom environment. Short-term interventions can have a significant effect on the fine motor and visual–motor integration skills required for handwriting readiness. Collaboration provides teachers with skills and tools they can use in the future with or without the occupational therapy practitioner present Citation: Alisha M. Ohl, Hollie Graze, Karen Weber, Sabrina Kenny, Christie Salvatore, Sarah Wagreich; Effectiveness of a 10-Week Tier-1 Response to Intervention Program in Improving Fine Motor and Visual–Motor Skills in General Education Kindergarten Students. Am J Occup Ther September/October 2013, Vol. 67(5), 507–514. doi: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.008110