Visual Abilities & Learning

Approximately 80% of  learning is done visually.  Vision conditions that are undiagnosed and untreated become stumbling blocks to learning.  When children are visually able to learn, they have the potential to be successful in everything they do.

Think about the tasks students tackle each day like reading & spelling, writing & computer work.  To complete these tasks children must be able to see and understand information.  Healthy vision is more than just the ability to see clearly from one end of the classroom to the other.  It also includes visualizing, understanding & applying infomation that comes into the brain through the eyes.

Here are the seven essential visual abilities needed for learning.

  • Visual Acuity:   Seeing clearly at distance or near
  • Accommodation: Maintaining clear vision as objects are move closer to the eyes
  • Eye Teaming:  Coordinating both eyes together so they both point at the exact same object
  • Eye Movement:  Tracking objects or views easily
  • Perception:  Interpreting correctly what is seen,  and then reacting to it
  • Eye-Hand Coordination:   Using the eyes to guide the hands.
  • Imagery:  Seeing pictures in the mind.
    • Remembering pictures of what has been seen in the past
    • Visualizing new pictures in the mind.