Reflection of ways to improve visual processing ability(2)

Visual procession can be roughly categorized into two big groups. One is the statistic visual detail discrimination, which is the ability to perceive the fine visual details and differences between similar things. The other one is dynamic visual procession, which includes tracing and peripheral vision. This one is highly related to all sorts of dynamic physical activities, especially ball sports.

In order to improve the ability for statistic visual detail discrimination, my way of dealing with it is to train the learner to be able to tell the difference between similar pictures/figures, based on learner’s current level. When the learner can easily tell the differences, I’ll make it a little bit harder, and so on and so forth until it’s good enough to form a sound image in the brain.

For visual tracing and peripheral vision, a simple way to improve is to do heaps of ball games. All kinds of ball games are very helpful as long as the game is within their ability. Also, Rhythmic Movement Training international(RMTi) and Feldenkrais Method have helpful approaches to it. Also I’d like to recommend an air hockey table, which can be easily found in many entertainment centres. Make sure to play it with a speed that is not hard for the learner.

Among all the methods that I’ve trained or are currently in training, RMTi is the most highly recommended. It has significant yielding considering the limited investment you need to put in. The most demanding part is parents need to do the movement for/with kids for 10-15 minutes everyday. However, since the movements are simple and limited, usually the effect will reach the bottle neck in about a year or two. This is the moment when Feldenkrais method shows its advantage, because the movements are unlimited, so the stimulation to the brain is unlimited, so it has the potential to help the learner go much further. Of course, so does the price for it.

Some school kids have serious eligibility issues in their handwriting. Part of the reason could be inadequate visual processing in refined details of visual input, therefore it’s quite similar to them no matter if the handwriting is neat or not. However the mainstream strategy for it is focusing on fine motor skills and also reminders of paying extra attention to handwriting, while the possible visual processing issue is left behind. If you pay attention to their drawings, details of drawings could be very simple. The reason for that is they don’t notice many details when doing observation, so the image formed in the brain is very simple, which leads to drawing with simple details. The way I mentioned before is useful for this situation too.

That’s my reflection of my way to cope with visual processing issues, just FYI.

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