Name: Visual Spatial Skills – Neglect Program
Visual-spatial awareness is the ability to be mindful of oneself in space and the positions and shapes of objects in that given space. It tells you what, where, and how objects are in space.
Obstacle Courses: The ability to negotiate an obstacle course requires a significant amount of spatial awareness. Vary the courses grading them according to the individual’s ability to move over, under and around objects.
Build and Create: Lego Blocks, puzzles and tangram puzzles. Guided block play consisted of playing with the blocks along with guided instructions for how to build different structures.
Movement Games: Participate in any type of movement games where individual needs to move around obstacle
Challenge motor planning and spatial awareness with right or left games to practice right and left discrimination skills.
Provide verbal descriptions. Offer many opportunities for the individual to hear descriptions of where they are or where objects are in relationship to each other. Play games that require the individual to follow directions.
Practice personal space. Give the individual a hula-hoop or rope circle to represent their personal space.
Mazes, Puzzles and Origami
Checkers, Chess, Othello
Spatial awareness is also linguistic. The understanding of the positional words people uses to define themselves in space is essential to spatial awareness. As individuals learn positional vocabulary and use it with their bodies, they develop spatial awareness. This is how individuals begin to develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location. Positional words are often seen and used in opposition. These include words such as: in and out, front and back, next to and between, left and right, or near and far.
Sometimes low muscle tone can result in clumsy behaviors. Individuals who are sedentary tend to have soft muscles. Strong muscles are needed to support the body in standing, walking, jumping, hopping, and balance activities.