Visual Perception: Body Scheme/Awareness

What is a body scheme? This quote by Scardina OTR helps us understand why a good body scheme is important.

“Responses to his own body builds an environmental scheme that shows consistent relationships between self, space and objects.  With this concrete understanding of space, the child has a foundation for recognizing symbols which vary little but do have their own unique position in space.” (Scardina OTR)

A good body scheme help us determine right/left, up/down and answer questions such as “how far” (from my body to the object), “how tall” (taller or shorter than my body), and much more.  We can transfer these “body spatial directions” to placing puzzle pieces in the upper right hand corner and writing our name in the upper left hand corner of the paper. We learn about our body from our auditory, vestibular, visual, proprioceptive, and tactile sensory systems.  I will offer a definition of each in the next blog.  Thanks for staying tuned!!!!


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