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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