Name: Visual Spatial Skills - Recognizing Objects Manual
Visual-spatial processing is the ability to tell where objects are in space. That includes your own body parts. It also involves being able tell how far objects are from you and from each other
The visual system precedes the ability for visual analysis and understanding. Two distinct parts of the brain are engaged in this process, each with its own purpose:
analysis of the shape of objects
analysis of object spatial properties (size, location, orientation)
Visual Closure is the ability to identify a form or object from an incomplete presentation (this is when the entire object is not visible).
This involves visualizing and mentally "filling in" the visual information that is missing.
This skill helps to quickly process information in the environment because the visual system doesn't have to analyze every detail to recognize what is being seen.
An individual with poor Visual Closure skills has difficulty visualizing the whole of an object when part of it is hidden or missing. For example, visualizing the missing parts of a poorly photocopied page of print or pictures, or recognizing an object when it is partially hidden by other objects in front of it when reading. *
Visual Closure perception helps recognize sight words. It is a foundation skill for fluency and speed in reading and spelling. A perfect example of how we "fill in the blanks" when reading.