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Today, I administered the state English Language Arts examination to 4 students who receive speech-language therapy from me.
Their academic accommodations require them to be tested in a small group, a separate location, with minimal distractions. Two receive additional time; two do not.
Twenty minutes into the test, JR, an 8-year-old boy, folded his arms on the table, then put his head down onto them.
As I watched him, his face became flushed. A few minutes later, he burst into tears.
Authors. Scientists. Adventurers…
The story of their lives was the story of my life.
This week we have discussed the visual processing skills of visual discrimination, visual figure-ground discrimination, visual sequencing, visual motor functioning, and visual memory.
Today, we are looking at a 5th visual processing skill… Visual Closure.
What is that?
What did you eat for dinner one week ago today?
Like most people, you probably can’t remember.
If I had asked you the same question 5 minutes after leaving the table, you would, most likely, have been able to answer accurately.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, my nickname was “bookworm.”
I devoured books. It seemed.
Every Friday, after her weekly shopping, my mom would go to the Christian bookstore and buy me a book. I read this, in addition to the ones I borrowed from the library.
Oh the dreams I had… the places I went… the people I met.
But I had one problem.
Mrs. Smith walked into my office.
“Johnny said you want to talk to me about his visual processing.
“What does visual processing have to do with learning?
“My child can see…he passed his vision test and has 20/20 vision.”
“Excellent!” I responded, “Now let me clarify my message.”
If you’ve been around the educational scene for any length of time you would have heard these statistics: