Visual Motor Skills

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The eye “sees” and then “tells” the body what to do.  Good visual motor integration helps with balance, coordination and movement.  Understanding what we see allows us to trust the body movement that follows and help us learn new skills quickly such as learning a new sport or riding a bicycle.

Signs and symptoms of visual motor integration difficulties

  • Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
  • Poor spacing and organisation of written work
  • Misalignment of numbers in columns when doing maths problems
  • Poor written spelling then oral spelling
  • Poor posture when writing
  • Exaggerated paper rotation when writing
  • Poor pencil grip

What are some of the tests to measure visual motor integration?

  • Test of Visual Motor Integration (Beery)
  • Sentence copy test (Wold)