Visual and Perceptual Difficulties
Visual Perception Disorder
Visual and perceptual (VP) difficulties involve difficulty with seeing the environment accurately and include a variety of issues.
Someone with visual and perceptual difficulties may have trouble seeing things in 3D and with depth perception - they may see the world as being flat and be unable to tell what is in front and what is behind them. This can make it difficult for them to see know where furniture is in a room and navigate around it. They may not be able to catch a ball or tell how close cars are thus making it unsafe to participate in sports or cross a road.
A person with visual and perceptual difficulties may have trouble identifying objects especially if that object is in an unusual position e.g. an upside down cup. They may also find it challenging to track an object with their eyes i.e. follow a person across a room.
Children with visual and perceptual issues often cannot see the blackboard and are unable to copy work. They may find it hard to learn to read and will be slower readers than their peers. Identifying shapes and analysing diagrams can be very difficult.
Visual and perceptual difficulties are separate from the ability to see. A person with visual and perceptual difficulties may be able to see clearly e.g. they may be able to see the letters in a standard eye test without any trouble and therefore may not need glasses. It is the ability to interpret what they are seeing that they struggle with.
If you are concerned that your child has visual and perceptual difficulties, it is best to speak to their teacher first as they may be able to offer insight into how your child is coping in school and any difficulties they have noticed. It is also important to talk with them about your child’s strengths as these can be used when identifying strategies to help.
Occupational therapy can aid with the identification and treatment of visual and perceptual difficulties and therefore you may wish to contact Kate Meads Associates for an assessment.
How can Kate Meads Associates help?
An occupational therapy assessment will focus on identifying the nature of the visual and perceptual difficulties that your child faces. The occupational therapist will spend time talking with you about how your child’s vision impacts their day to day life i.e. what things do they want to do, or need to do, that they are being prevented from doing so? They will work with you and your child to identify goals and what you want to achieve.
Our focus at Kate Meads Associates is on helping your child improve what they are able to do each day and our assessment will pay particular attention to their daily routine. The occupational therapist may wish to observe your child doing a daily activity in order to help them understand and identify the barriers they face. They may also wish to carry out specific visual perception tests to better understand their skills.
Kate Meads Associates will produce a detailed, yet accessible report within 10 working days of the assessment. The report will provide a summary of the barriers that get in the way of your child fulfilling the roles and routines as they wish and make a number of recommendations that might help.
Therapies and treatment
Kate Meads Associates’ occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced and are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help a person to achieve their goals and improve their functional performance.
Your occupational therapist will work with you and your child to understand their condition and vision and establish any strategies currently used, some of which may not be that helpful in the longer term. They will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that will help improve your child’s skills as well as allowing them to focus on their roles and routines. The occupational therapist may also work with their school to help them understand their condition and implement strategies that may help.
Does your child have difficulty…
- Seeing and understanding the world them?
- Coping with changes to their environment?
- Engaging in work or school work?
- Reading or writing?
If so, please contact one of our occupational therapists on 01264 326308 for a free “no obligation” telephone consultation to discuss your needs and find out how we may help.