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What is Visual Processing Sensory Disorder?

Visual processing sensory disorder is when there is a hindered ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision.

What are the signs of Proprioceptive sensory disorder?

There are several ways to determine if your child may need to see a professional for a possible diagnosis. If your child has trouble telling the difference between colors, shapes, and letters they may have trouble with visual processing. Your child may also have trouble identifying an object that is familiar to them. You may also notice that if one detail is out of place with a familiar picture or object, your child may not be able to identify it easily or at all. Below is a list of five activities that can support the development of visual processing sensory disorder.

Create a memory match game. A memory match game will help your child practice discriminating likes and differences among various pictures, shapes, and objects.

Create & Play

Create shapes with colors on flashcards or card stock and cut them the size of regular playing cards. Have your child play a game where he quickly categorizes these cards by color. Repeat after mastery with categorizing by shape.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Practice throwing and catching a bouncy ball with your child. This will help with hand-eye coordination and visual perceptiveness.

Cloud Watching

Look at the clouds with your child and discuss how similar they look to other objects. Change positions to see it from differing views.

Sorting is Fun

Gather objects from around the yard or house and have your child sort them into different groups based on characteristics.


Some challenges you may face living with a child who has a visual sensory disorder and some ways to overcome those challenges are listed below.

Your child may become overwhelmed quickly when participating in activities. Help your child learn to take short breaks before getting overwhelmed to prevent frustration.

Your child may respond slowly to visual stimulation. Allow your child time to process things before demanding a response. Teach your child how to ask for more time to prevent frustration and melt-downs.

Help your child to keep their favorite toys and objects in an organized space. Create a visual chart that is simple – black and white – and pictures of where things should go when they are not being used.

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