Visual Figure Ground

What is visual figure ground?

Visual figure ground is the ability to locate and identify different shapes and objects embedded within a busy background. Those with good visual figure ground perception are able to block out any other competing shapes and identify those that they are trying to locate.

Signs of poor visual figure ground perceptions include:

- visual fatigue, which may lead to inattention, poor behaviour and/or disruption,
- more time required to complete tasks
- issues blocking out conflicting words, images or other stimuli around them.
- more often concentrate on the detail and omits the “bigger picture” or overlooks detail and misses important information.
- difficulty copying from the board
- disorganised, difficulty organising and sorting personal belongings
- may lack visual search strategies