Difficulty perceiving objects and focusing on a visually stimulating page.
|Works with head close to paper; tilts head.||– Request eye exam to rule out need for glasses.|
– Check pencil grip and position of hand/arm when writing.
|Has difficulty locating words in the dictionary, index, etc.||– Assign buddy to work with a servant’s heart.|
– Use elementary dictionary with large type print. Teach dictionary location of word definition, etc.Review alphabetizing words frequently.
|May skip sections of a test or omit parts of an assignment.||– Encourage student to use his/her finger or a marker to keep place. Use highlighter to emphasize.|
– Remind him/her to recheck; teacher checks for omissions when test is turned in.
|Lack of desire to complete worksheet or workbook format.||– Make clear, dark, uncluttered dittos. (Limit decorations)Type whenever possible.|
– Clearly denote.
|Has difficulty in distinguishing important parts on overhead transparencies.||– Use pointer to indicate specifics.Color code important areas.|
|Inaccurate copywork.||– Have student sit near board.|
– Be sure teacher’s handwriting is large and well spaced. Any situation that could be visually confusing, use one color for highlighting (yellow is suggested). Use for emphasis not decoration.
|Has trouble picking out specific locations on a map.||– Help student see part-whole relationship through outlining, coloring, and cross hatching.|
– Provide simple maps with key countries.Use simple maps without visual stimuli.
|May appear flustered when trying to focus on one item on a crowded page.||– Structure space on math worksheets as much as possible.|
– Create boxes which clearly delineate the appropriate work area.
|Has difficulty following directions on a pencil-paper task where there is a lot of visual stimuli.||Put less on page. Give “bite size” directions, avoid a long series of directions.|
|Habitually skips over lines of text and written words on assignments.||Direct, one-on-one instruction pointing out the students mistakes and the visual clues they have overlooked.|