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Lake Land College - Disability Services
Classroom Strategies
 
Visual Processing
Difficulty seeing or processing/understanding what is seen
 
Possible Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Low-vision
  • Visual Perception Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
 
Observable Behavior
Discrimination
  • difficulty comparing and contrasting newly experienced visual information with each other or with known perceptions.
  • lacks speed in observing and understanding symbols on chalkboard, overheads.
  • may have trouble copying far point (on board) material into near point (notebook)
  • confuses words that look alike-poor reader

Figure Ground
  • difficulty distinguishing object from its sensory background
  • confusion when focusing on detail (i.e., painting, illustrations, statistical tables, slide presentation)
  • part to whole relationship problems
  • may have problem with small type or print or poor contrast (i.e., purple stencil-old manuscript)
  • great difficulty when much information crowded into small space
  • trouble labeling diagrams on test
  • slow reader because she/he loses place on page
 
What to do
  • check notes with someone else
  • before class preview overheads, maps and diagrams
  • study spelling of new terms
  • ask questions when you are confused
  • preview materials
  • use pen not pencil
  • when preparing illustrations or diagrams do a rough draft and have it checked
  • read ahead
 
 
Observable Behavior
Spatial Awareness
  • difficulty with left/right orientation (i.e., following instructions in lab)
  • clumsy, spills and bumps into things
  • may have difficulty with math, knows rate computation, trouble with concepts
  • poor alignment of numbers leads to careless mistakes

Sequencing
  • poor spelling (i.e., same word spelled three different ways on the same page; unable to monitor own work)
  • difficulty reproducing or recalling sequence of symbols (i.e., dosage of medication, phone numbers)
 
What to do
  • use graph paper for math work
  • use a code (i.e., elastic on left wrist)
  • work slowly until entirely familiar with equipment; practice ahead
  • use large pads of paper (18 24 inches) and draw pictures of math concepts
  • write your own real life word problems for practice
  • use different colors of pencils for each concept
  • use flow charts for instructions
  • make vocabulary list and practice spelling words
 
 
 
For additional information please contact Andy Gaines, Counselor/Coordinator of Student Accommodations at 217-234-5259/ againes@lakeland.cc.il.us or Meghan McGreevy- Graduate Assistant at 217-234-5062/ mmcgreevy@lakeland.cc.il.us
 

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