Visual Discrimination

What is Visual Discrimination?

Visual Discrimination is the ability to identify differences or similarities in visual images (size, colour, shape etc…..). These images may include letters, numbers, shapes and objects. It gives us the ability to notice subtle differences and to identify whether something belongs or not. For example sorting and matching your socks after a wash.

Poor visual discrimination may lead to

- confusion with similar shapes, letters and number i.e. p’s look like q’s
- wrongful identification of words with similar beginnings and endings.
- difficulty remembering letters when writing.
- problems with identify everyday objects i.e. currency/notes
- poor reading comprehension

Those with poor visual discrimination may rely more heavily on other senses to compensate i.e. verbal skills.