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

Early Visual Skills

A Resource for Working with Children with Under-Developed Visual Perceptual Skills, 2nd Edition

By Diana Williams


230 pages

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Paperback: 9780367193645
pub: 2019-09-20
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Now in a revised and updated second edition, Early Visual Skills is a practical manual for use with children and young people who have under-developed 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 EYFS framework and topics reflecting the EYFS and KS1 curriculum
  • Photocopiable Record Sheets 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 learners, the deaf, sensory impaired, or those with autism or learning difficulties. Whilst primarily designed for early years practitioners, SENCOs, specialist teachers, therapists and other professionals, activity sheets and guidance for parents also provide practical advice on how to stimulate visual perceptual skills at home, turning the 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

About the Author

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 categorisation game ‘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 Fine Art, and now focuses her time on arts education and arts practice.

About the Series

Early Skills

Early Skills is a series of books designed to support communication and understanding in early years children or older children with special educational needs. Designed as practical manuals for parents, teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals, each book is filled with activities to support the development of key skills.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General