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.
- 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
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.