Visual memory is the function of memory that allows you to successfully turn images into pictures in your mind to reserve and recall later. Unfortunately, children that suffer from various visual processing disorders may also have visual memory problems. This, in turn, affects their school work, ability to follow instructions and how they learn. If your child has visual memory problems, finding better ways to offer instructions and playing memory games can help improve her ability to remember and follow instructions and assignments.
Fill a tray with five or six small, recognizable items from around the house and allow your child to look at the tray and observe the objects. After one or two minutes, take the tray away and remove one of the objects. Then ask your child which object is missing. He'll need to recall his visual memory of the tray to decide.
Utilize the spoken word as often as possible, and ask that your child's teachers do the same at school. While a child with visual memory problems may balk at written directives, hearing the instructions may be more effective. That's why a child with visual memory problems may be seen reading instructions aloud to try and grasp and remember the instructions on an audible level, notes ChildrensVision.com.
Offer hands-on activities where your child is doing something rather than simply seeing something, suggests Brock Eide and Fernette Eide in their book, "The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success." When your child sees something done, a visual memory problem can erase both the image and the concept soon after. Giving your child the chance to experience an activity like cooking, playing or acting things out can instill the concepts deeper in your child's mind through experience rather than visual pictures.
Alter handouts and instructions so they are easier to read and remember. While a list of instructions or a paper filled with words and pictures is confusing, a paper that clearly offers borders and dividers can help your child easily pick out the most important information. Ask your child's teacher to add things like text boxes and darkened margin lines so your child can more easily understand a worksheet, and implement the same changes at home for better understanding and more recall, suggests LDOnline.org.
- ChildrensVision.com: Vision and Reading
- "The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success"; Brock Eide and Fernette Eide; 2006
- LDOnline.org: Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders