Puzzles, Parquetry and Writing: Visual Overload

Some children may experience “visual overload” when looking at the busy classroom, a cluttered worksheet, or even a busy blouse worn by their tutor!  Some suggestions to help these students:

  1.  1.Looking away behavior may be a sign of visual overload. Allow periodic breaks when working with visual assignments.
  2. 2. Monitor the lighting as fluorescent lighting can be fatiguing and can also create a glare on the paper. If sensitive to fluorescent lighting, try copying his work on blue, purple or yellow paper instead of white.
  3. When giving instructions, stand in an area that has reduced visual stimulation or have the student view you from an angle rather than from the front if you will be
    surrounded by visual distractions.
  4. If working with an individual child, monitor what you wear opting for softer colors and less patterned print.  As the child looks at you, make sure the area behind you is as uncluttered as possible.
  5. With visually demanding worksheets, fold the paper or block out parts of it using a ruler or index card.  Make sure copies are clearly printed.

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