Play Panels help children with visual processing

According to LD Online, a visual processing, or perceptual, disorder refers to a hindered ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision. Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain.  There are many different types of visual processing issues.  Below are just a few.

Spatial relation refers to the position of objects in space. It also refers to the ability to accurately perceive objects in space with reference to other objects.

Visual discrimination is vital in the recognition of common objects and symbols. Attributes which children use to identify different objects include: color, form, shape, pattern, size, and position. Visual discrimination also refers to the ability to recognize an object as distinct from its surrounding environment.

Visual closure is often considered to be a function of visual discrimination. This is the ability to identify or recognize a symbol or object when the entire object is not visible.

On a playground, one of the ways to help children with visual processing disorder to practice is to choose the right play panels.  It is suggested that you work with a developmental optometrist to help you select the best ones for your community.

Here are a few panels from Landscape Structures, Inc.:

Kaleidospin Panel for accessible playgrounds
Kaleidospin Panel® has rotating prisms and a kid-operated eyepiece that provide engaging visual stimulation.
The Rain Sound Wheel Panel™ helps kids to get auditory and visual input while developing dexterity. Encourages cognitive development and imaginative play. Geometric patterned panel and steel drum are easily rotated to create the soothing sound of a rain shower.


Opti Gear Panel on an accessible playground
The Optigear Vibe Panel™ is away for kids to get visual sensory input and develop dexterity. It is an interactive cause-and-effect activity. The handle is ergonomically designed for all users

Watch of video of a tracing panel

Watch a video of the  Color Splash Panel


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