Visual (Sight)

Visual

The visual system is responsible for the body’s ability to perceive and interpret one’s surroundings using visible light. Children with visual processing issues may have trouble recognizing slight variations in color or brightness, gauging the size and distance of objects, or concentrating in bright, busy environments.

Sight Seeking Sight Avoiding
  • Is attracted to and prefers shiny, moving, or spinning objects
  • Is attracted to and prefers bright, flashing, or blinking light
  • Prefers bright, busy, or specific colors, shapes, and patterns
  • Seeks out stimulating movies and video games
  • Is bothered or overwhelmed by shiny, moving, or spinning objects
  • Is bothered or overwhelmed by bright, flashing, or blinking light
  • Prefers solid, muted colors or very simple patterns
  • Avoids crowded spaces and messy or chaotic rooms
How to Support How to Support
  • Provide a variety of colors, patterns, and shapes in décor and clothing.
  • Encourage playing with toys and games that have flashing or blinking lights.
  • Allow and encourage a healthy amount of screen time.
  • Encourage playing with flashlights or using nightlights at bedtime.
  • Be conscious of colors and patterns in décor and clothing.
  • Avoid toys and games with flashing or blinking lights.
  • Turn lights down or off and keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Keep lights on for screen time.
  • Encourage wearing sunglasses.

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