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Visual Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

By Beth Arky

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Signs of visual processing issues can show up in preschool. The following situations could point to visual processing issues. But keep in mind that they could also be signs of other issues, such as dyspraxia, ADHD or dyslexia.

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Visual Processing Issues: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

You might start to notice differences in how your child learns during preschool. Explore these signs of visual processing issues, and keep track of what you see.

Can’t Focus
At home: Your child is easily frustrated and doesn’t sit still long enough to finish a simple puzzle.
At school: Your child has trouble following directions when it’s time to put toys away.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues may be easily distracted by many visuals at once. This can look like they’re not paying attention.

Seems Clumsy
At home: Your child frequently drops utensils or knocks over his drink at mealtime.
At school: Your child bumps into classmates and desks.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues often have trouble figuring out how close or far they are from people or objects.

Has Trouble With ABCs
At home: Your child confuses letters, like b and d.
At school: Your child has trouble telling the difference between similar-looking letters and numbers on worksheets.
The issue: Kids with visual processing issues often confuse similarly shaped letters and numbers.
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Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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