Visual discrimination is the ability to recognize details in visual images. It allows students to identify and recognize the likeness and differences of shapes/forms, colors and position of objects, people, and printed materials. In order to learn to read print, students will need to develop their visual discrimination skills. This skill comes up more than you may think in daily life. For example, it’s an important part of reading, as letter recognition can be hindered when a child has trouble seeing the difference between a “K” and an “H” or words like “was” and “saw.” It’s likewise important for using numbers and for succeeding in a whole host of social interactions, including game play and making good choices.
How to Detect Visual Discrimination Problems
*Your child confuses letters and numbers
*Your child has trouble enjoying highly visual activities like puzzles or reading
*Your child loses his or her place while reading aloud
*Your child has trouble finding information during open book quizzes
*Your child has trouble telling picking out details and differences