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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Visual Processing Issues

By Amanda Morin

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If your child has trouble processing visual information, it can get in the way of learning. There are accommodations that teachers can use in the classroom to make it easier. Here’s a look at some strategies and tools that can help kids who have visual processing issues.

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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Visual Processing Issues

How can teachers make learning easier for kids with visual processing issues? Here are some accommodations that can help in the classroom.

For Materials:
• Let the student use a slant board (or three-ring binder) to bring work closer to his visual field.
• Provide wide-ruled paper to help the student form letters in the right space.
• Darken or highlight lines and margins on paper.
• Use Wikki Stix to create a border for areas in which to color or glue.
• Provide loop scissors to make it easier to control cutting and follow a line.
• Let the student use colored glue sticks on white paper.

For Teaching Techniques:
• Give oral directions as well as written instructions.
• Describe out loud any visual presentations.
• Provide the student with a peer note-taker or a copy of class notes.
• Allow time to summarize each lesson.
• Include simple diagrams or images to help clarify long written directions.
• Allow time for the student to ask questions about presentations and directions.

For Classwork and Taking Tests:
Teachers Can:
• Provide uncluttered handouts with simple directions and few nonessential images.
• Write directions in a different color.
• Allow the student to submit answers on a separate sheet of paper so he can focus on writing thoughtful responses rather than on fitting them into small spaces.
• Use highlighting or sticky-note flags to draw attention to important information on worksheets.
• Draw bold, black borders around math problems to help the student focus on one item at a time.
• Clearly space words and problems on a page.
• Ask for oral reports instead of written responses.

Students Can:
• Use a reading guide strip or a blank index card to block out other lines of text while reading.
• Use audiobooks and tape class lectures.
• Reduce visual distractions by folding a worksheet or using blank pieces of paper to cover up part of the page.
• Use a highlighter to highlight information while reading.
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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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