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Visual Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

By Beth Arky

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Problems with reading and organization can be connected to visual processing issues. Recognizing the signs is a good first step to helping your high-schooler. The following characteristics are typical of visual processing issues but may occur with other issues, including dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, sensory processing issues and ADHD.

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Visual Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

It might seem as if teens who don’t follow directions just have an attitude problem. But for kids with visual processing issues, there are other factors at play. Here’s what you might see.

Has Difficulty Getting Things Done
At home: Your child doesn’t follow through on multi-step instructions. (“Grab the bag of sugar that’s open and fill up the sugar bowl halfway to the top.”)
At school: Your child has trouble filling out a lab report in the format required by the teacher.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues can struggle to follow directions that involve organizing things visually.

Seems Disorganized
At home: Your child forgets to bring home half the things you asked her to pick up at the store.
At school: Your child struggles to take notes or copy down assignments from the board.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues can have difficulty organizing information into a cohesive list.

Has a Poor Sense of Direction
At home: Your child gets lost walking to her best friend’s house.
At school: Your child has diculty reading maps.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues can have trouble telling where objects are in space. This can make it hard to read maps and tell time.
Is Forgetful
At home:
Your child constantly forgets family members’ cell phone numbers even though she’s seen them a thousand times.
At school:
Your child can’t recall the main point of an article she just read.
The issue:
Kids with visual processing issues may struggle with remembering things they see.
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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Mar 27, 2014 Mar 27, 2014

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