Early Visual Skills : A Resource for Working with Children with Under-Developed Visual Perceptual Skills book cover
2nd Edition

Early Visual Skills
A Resource for Working with Children with Under-Developed Visual Perceptual Skills

ISBN 9780367193645
Published October 22, 2019 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Now in a revised and updated second edition, Early Visual Skills is a practical manual for use with children and young people who have underdeveloped visual perceptual skills. Twelve clear and easy-to-follow sections, focusing on skills such as attention, discrimination, sequencing, concentration and memory, are filled with carefully designed activities to stimulate visual attention and discrimination skills in children with a range of developmental levels and abilities.

Features include:

  • A wide range of activities suited to both the early years and home settings
  • Links to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and topics reflecting the EYFS and the Key Stage 1 curriculum
  • Photocopiable materials designed to document the child’s development over time

As most of the activities are non-verbal, they are well suited for children with limited spoken language, including EAL (English as an Additional Language) learners, the deaf, sensory impaired, or those with autism or learning difficulties. Whilst primarily designed for early years practitioners, SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), specialist teachers, therapists and other professionals, there are activity sheets and guidance for parents to provide them practical advice on how to stimulate visual perceptual skills at home, turning their child’s everyday routines into opportunities to stimulate visual awareness.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Introduction  Section 1 Look at Me  Section 2 Let's Look Together  Section 3 Looking and Following  Section 4 Visual Scanning  Section 5 Visual Matching  Section 6 Visual Sorting  Section 7 Visual Sequencing  Section 8 Complex Visual Discrimination  Section 9 Visual Memory and Concentration  Section 10 Holiday Projects  Section 11 Visual Skills in the Curriculum  Section 12 Visual Resources  Appendix I Blank Record Sheet  Appendix II Further Reading  Appendix III Useful Addresses

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Diana Williams qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1983, and worked in schools and nurseries with children who have communication difficulties. She developed a specialist knowledge in the field of hearing loss, and completed an MSc in Speech Therapy with Deaf People at City University, London, in 1992. Her other publications include the companion volume Early Listening Skills and the popular Working with Children’s Language. In 2002, she authored a word finding and categorising game named  ‘Find the Link’ for individuals and group work. In addition to her clinical roles, Diana held a number of lecturing posts in higher education institutions, teaching and supporting a diverse range of students. After gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2004, she provided professional development activities for other lecturers and teachers as an Educational Developer. More recently she completed a BA(Hons) in Fine Art, and a MA in Fine Art, and now focuses her time on arts education and arts practice.