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What is visual perception? How does visual perception work? On this page, I hope you will find some answers to common questions that parents ask.
Visual perception is making sense of what you see. The eyes send visual information to the brain, and then the brain needs to interpret the information and make sense of it all.
Here are just a few examples from everyday life...
When visual perceptual development is delayed, this can impact a child's ability to learn effectively.
The scenario described below will hopefully give you some insight into the way visual perception enables us to experience and respond to everyday situations.
Picture a little boy spotting some movement on a flower at the other side of the garden. His eyes spotted the movement and his brain has decided that the information is worth noticing.
Using the information from his eyes, his brain processes that the interesting object is a little distance away and not close by, and the little boy gets up to walk closer.
As he gets closer, his brain processes the shape and detail of the moving object and matches it up against the information already in his brain and makes a match – it is a butterfly! Excited now, the little boy keeps moving closer.
On the way, still watching the butterfly, he steps around the toys he left lying on the grass. His peripheral vision noticed the cars and his brain processed this information and enabled him to step around them.
As he walks, he is getting closer and closer to the butterfly. His eyes send information in 3 dimensions (depth perception) to his brain. His brain will process the information and tell his body when to stop so the butterfly does not get squashed.
The little boy spends some time admiring the butterfly’s pretty wings.
His visual discrimination and figure-ground perception skills enable him to identify colors, shapes and patterns on the wings and to spot the butterfly’s compound eyes. His visual perceptual skills make this possible.
Oh! The butterfly has decided to fly away. The little boy’s eyes work together to track its flight path up and over the garden wall.
Inspired, the little boy runs inside and draws a lovely picture of the symmetrical wings of the butterfly, using his visual memory of what he has seen. His mom writes out the word “butterfly” and our little chap copies them down.
I hope you noticed the word "processing" - I had to use it a lot!
So in answer to the question "what is visual perception", I hope you understand that...
Visual perception is all about your brain PROCESSING what you SEE,
helping you make sense of it and then directing your actions accordingly.
In the above example, if the child's visual perception skills had been poor...
I have many pages on my site to help you understand more about visual perception and how to help your child develop these important skills. So please feel free to browse and be empowered!
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