How we develop spatial understanding

Dyspraxia is the expression used to describe difficulties that are occurring in both spatial vision and coordination. 

Visual Performance Testing in Dyspraxia
 - Movement tests are crucial with this population. 
 - Spatial change lenses are sometimes helpful.  
 - A range of Perceptual Tests appropriate to the age of the patient.  
 - Large consulting and therapy rooms are valuable.

Spatial vision
is knowing where every object is in our surroundings (both on the page and as we move). Spatial vision must include knowledge of what has previously been seen, and is now behind us!  This is not memory since it requires no conscious thought - only awareness. Severe difficulties will show up with many of the following:

  • fatigue and irritation in busy areas such as shopping centres
  • difficulty with team sports, ball games, and with driving
  • poor layout of writing, loss of place on the board, guessing in maths
  • organisation problems and time awareness

Coordination is being able to control the best muscles to efficiently move through our environment and manipulate objects around us.  Weakness here can cause frustration, fatigue and avoidance of pencil skills, ball games and running, use of ruler and compass and playing with friends.  Occasionally with eating and with speech (oral dyspraxia).  Sometimes coordination weakness is only apparent in writing.

Dyspraxia frequently causes a child to ask many questions and the brightest children will develop very advanced verbal skills.  There is often a genetic link and this can help earlier recognition and effective therapy to be prescribed.

Vision Therapy will help develop skills in both these areas.  Detailed assessment is important to ascertain what stage of vision development the therapy should initially be directed towards.  Having both parents attending the assessment really does help us help your child.

We work with a number of Occupational Therapists to provide the best mixture of Sensory Integration and Visual Therapy to support each persons development (vision therapy is also helpful for adults).