Visual Perceptual Skills: Real Life Applications

Summary of various “visual perception” components.

The Anonymous OT

Visual Perceptual Skills

Occupational therapists talk about visual perceptual skills quite a bit. This is due to the fact that these skills impact many areas of development and function, including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-care skills, etc.

While most people understand the general concept of the term “visual perception”, many parents can become lost in the jargon of therapy when we start to talk about all of the various components of perception.

I have summarized each of these components below in the hopes of making them more relatable to real life function in the realm of OT.

Visual Discrimination

Definition: The ability to determine differences or similarities in objects or forms based on size, color, shape, etc…

Real life application: For the tasks of reading and writing, visual discrimination is critical for seeing letters or words as different. Difficulties in this skill area can make “p” look a lot like “q”…

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The Rights and Wrongs of a Parent Observing Therapy

“A parent should observe if their presence enhances the therapy experience and does not hinder it.”

The Anonymous OT

The Rights and Wrongs of a Parent Observing Therapy

That awkward moment when a therapist goes to grab their next client in the waiting room: The parent hovers in their seat. Are they coming with us? Are they not? Do they want to? Should I ask them to go with us? Can I just grab the child and pretend not to notice?

So many questions…but honestly, should parents observe therapy?

The simple answer- yes and no. Helpful, right? Ok, allow me to rephrase: A parent should observe if their presence enhances the therapy experience and does not hinder it. To help make this process as positive as possible, I’ve created my own list for the right and wrong ways for a parent to observe therapy.

The Right Ways for a Parent to Observe Therapy

1. Observe with the intention of follow through at home.

Some activities we attempt to describe might be difficult for a parent to visualize. Observing…

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How To Talk To Your Teens

Dari Talk Show FeMale Radio, 26 Juni 2013, dengan Monica Sulistiawati, Psikolog
Siapa Remaja itu?
Remaja adalah mereka yang berada pada masa transisi dari kanak-kanak menuju dewasa muda dengan usia 11/12 – 20/21 tahun. Dan mereka masih tergantung pada orang tua, namun ingin mandiri.
Apa saja isu-isu remaja?
Yang pertama, Self Discovery ; yaitu pencarian identitas atau jati diri melalui refleksi diri dan umpan balik dari orang lain.
Kedua, Aspirasi Vokasional (minat pada karir) ; mereka mulai mencari tahu apa passion mereka, seperti jurusan apa yang mereka pilih ketika akan kuliah, ataupun bidang apa yang mereka ingin tekuni nantinya.
Remaja butuh Penyesuaian Diri dan juga mereka ingin membentuk otoritas diri.
Seringkali, keinginan orangtua berbeda dengan mereka dan terjadilah Konflik. Disini timbul kesulitan bagi orangtua untuk bisa mengerti anak, begitu pula sebaliknya. Mengapa demikian? Ini yang dinamakan Generation Gap. Continue reading

BELIEVE IN THE CHILDREN – A POEM FOR TEACHERS

My destiny is yours to shape

By words you choose to use

Taking The Diss Out Of Disabled


Oh teachers listen closely

For this you need to know

My future rests right in your palm

I need you as I grow

My destiny is yours to shape

By words you choose to use

Encourage me, tell me I’m great

Your power do not abuse

Believe in me and I will shine

I will not let you down

Give up on me and let me fail

My choice will be to drown

Please teach me all you know my friend

Do not give up and leave

And I will thrive because I knew

In me you did believe

I have the talent to succeed

But sometimes feel lost

Please help me so I find my way

No matter what the cost

Don’t leave me on the tough days

I need to know you’ll stay

For you help me to grow and learn

And assure me i’m o.k.

Support me…

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