There are great visual perceptual activities for therapy sessions out there. These can be websites, apps or worksheets. A lot of learning websites and apps have a visual or visual perceptual component. These activities can be easily completed over teletherapy sessions but are also appropriate for in-person OT sessions.
Types of Visual Perceptual Abilities
When you are working on visual perceptional skills as the underlying factor impeding participation in a functional tast, it is important to consider which visual perceptual skill is impacted. The following is a list of types of visual perceptual abilities at are tested by the (TVPS-4) Test of Visual Perceptual Skills 4th Edition.
- Visual discrimination
- Visual memory
- Spatial relationships
- Form constancy
- Sequential memory
- Visual figure ground
- Visual closure
Visual Perceptual Activities for Occupational Therapy Sessions
Figure Ground Activities
Figure ground perception is an important ability. Difficulties can be seen when children can not find ojects in their surroundings, especially in crowded or cluttered environments. Children with these difficulties
Finding Waldo and other Books
There are some of my favorite activies for working on figure ground.
Find the Object Worksheets and Word Searches
Pencil Copying Worksheets
Mazes and Puzzles
Mazes and puzzles can be used both online and in person. Part of using mazes and puzzles in therapy sessions (thus making us different than teachers and parents) is making sure we are selecting the activity to have the ‘Just Right Challenge‘.
Mazes and puzzles encourage the development visual perceptual abilties along with problem-solving and helps to foster critical thinking skills. As the child works through the puzzle or maze, they will be required to use visual scanning, visual motor skills, motor planning, along with cognitive problem solving abilities. Mazes also work on eye hand coordination and handwriting.
Design copying activities
There are many different types of design copying toys. Look for ones that are different than children will find at home or school for therapy sessions. Also look for activites that incorporate other types of materials. Some of my favorites of the years age below.
Websites with Visual Perceptual Activities
Great visual activities that can be screen shared!
I love these products! So many of them are great for online OT sessions. I have used many of them personally. Look for the ones with free sample activities to download!