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5 Ways Visual Processing Issues Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life

By The Understood Team

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Visual processing issues make it hard for kids to interpret the things they see. This can make school especially tough, but it can lead to problems on the social scene, too. Here are five social challenges your child might face—and what you can do to help.

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5 Ways Visual Processing Issues Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life
Visual processing issues can make it hard for kids to interpret what they see. This can make school tough, but it can lead to problems on the social scene, too.

1 Social Challenge
Your child doesn’t “get” personal space and appears awkward around others.
The link with visual processing issues: Kids with visual processing issues might have difficulty understanding where their body is in relationship to others.
How can you help: Practice interpreting body language together. Mute the TV and have her explain what’s happening by watching characters’ movement and expressions.

2 Social Challenge
Your child dreads playing sports and gets made fun of when she tries to play.
The link with visual processing issues: Kids with visual processing issues can have trouble coordinating what they see with how they move.
How you can help: She might have more fun playing sports that allow time to plan movements, like billiards (pool). Another idea is swimming, which doesn’t require the quick reactions of, say, softball.

3 Social Challenge
Other kids think your child acts “weird” in class.
The link with visual processing issues: Kids with visual processing issues might do things like squint or rub their eyes a lot because they have trouble reading the board.
How you can help: Slight changes to instruction—such as having information from the board read aloud could make a big difference. Talk to her teacher about strategies.

4 Social Challenge
Your child is always running late.
The link with visual processing issues: Kids with visual processing issues might have trouble judging time.
How you can help: An alarm on a cell phone or watch—or even an old-fashioned egg timer—could be a quick fix.

5 Social Challenge
Your child doesn’t seem engaged with other kids.
The link with visual processing issues: Children with visual processing issues can be distracted by visual activity or clutter.
How you can help: Remind her about the “back and forth” of conversation. Explain that others might feel uncomfortable if she doesn’t respond to what they’re saying.
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The Understood team is composed of passionate writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Feb 14, 2014 Feb 14, 2014

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