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

By Beth Arky

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Kids with visual processing issues may have trouble with basic life skills and schoolwork. The following characteristics are typical of visual processing issues but could also be signs of other issues, like dyslexia, dyscalculia or ADHD.

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

Middle-schoolers often crave more independence. But visual processing issues can get in the way. Recognizing signs of visual processing issues is a good step to getting your child the help she needs.

Has Poor Memory
At home: Your child keeps forgetting her best friend’s phone number.
At school: Your child doesn’t remember how to spell common words that have irregular patterns, like their and there.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues might have trouble remembering things they’ve seen. Professionals might call this “weak visual memory skills.”

Has Difficulty Looking Up Information
At home: Your child struggles to find a phone number in a printed directory or list.
At school: Your child has trouble with open-book quizzes.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues can have difficulty finding specific pieces of information on a printed page.

Is Always Getting Lost
At home: Your child has trouble telling another parent how to drive to her house.
At school: Your child is prone to getting lost in the hallways at school.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues have trouble with spatial relationships—telling how far things are from one another. This can make it hard to follow or give directions.
Visual processing issues: What you're seeing in your middle-schooler
Visual processing issues: What you're seeing in your middle-schooler

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

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