Puzzles, Parquetry and Writing: Figure Ground Modifications


Figure Ground perception is the ability to see the details separate from a busy background.  Children with visual perceptual issues often have figure ground difficultlies.  I have observed a high incidence of this with ADD/ADHD children in my practice.  Here are suggestions I found helpful:

1.  Make sure an alphabet strip is on the desk.  A child may not be able to see the  isolated letters on a strip placed on a busy wall.

2. Scantron sheets may be a problem as the child moves from the question booklet to the answer sheet.  Allow the child to write in the question booklet rather than on the scantron sheet. If your child has visual tracking problems, try placing the question booklet at the top of the sheet rather than to the side.

3. Encourage desk organization early.  The student may not be able to “see” the pencil in the midst of clutter.

4. Highlight or write assignments in different colors on the board to separate them from other words. Otherwise, the student may miss homework assignments to be copied.

5. Highlight math signs if they change on a math worksheet. If the problems switch from addition to subtraction, have the student first highlight all the addition problems and work these first.

6. Block out portions of the worksheet by using an index card or ruler or by folding the
paper in half.

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2 Responses to “Puzzles, Parquetry and Writing: Figure Ground Modifications”


  1. 1 Nancy Barth September 1, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Good ideas. Another thing that helped my students when they had to use bubble sheets for tests was to put a post-it note under the row of choices, and move it down after answering. If necessary, they put one under the questions, also.

    If you have an iPad, a cute puzzle game from a company called Tozzle has kids move pieces onto silhouette shapes. The puzzles get increasingly complex.

    • 2 lynarmstrong@lynaot.com September 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Great ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!!! > ——– Original Message ——– > Subject: [Lyn’s Lines] Comment: “Puzzles, Parquetry and Writing: Figure > Ground Modifications” > From: “comment-reply@wordpress.com” >


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