What are signs of Visual Processing Problems?

There are many signs that an individual is struggling from a visual processing problem and the signs can vary depending on the individual. Some of the key things to watch for include but are not limited to:

  • Confuses similar words
  • Reverses numbers (6 and 9) and letters (b and d)
  • Reverses words (was/saw)
  • Transposes letters or numbers (12/21)
  • Confuses right and left
  • Poor spelling abilities
  • Overlooks small details (reads “beak” for “break”)
  • Improved comprehension when read to
  • Vocalizes or moves lips when reading silently
  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Difficulty with math concepts
  • Difficulty completing assignments in a reasonable length of time
  • Fails to recognize same word in next sentence or page
  • Difficulty recalling what was read
  • Writes neatly but slowly
  • Difficulty copying from the board/paper/book/computer screen
  • Misaligns digits or columns when doing math
  • Poor printing/handwriting

If you, your child or someone you know suffers from any of these signs and symptoms, a processing evaluation may need to be completed in order to rule out any visual processing problems.

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