Visual Discrimination is the ability to identify the differences and/or similarities in objects based on color, texture, size, position and more. This skill is vital in reading, writing, math and science skills.

When children can sort objects, notice the difference between shapes like an oval and a circle, see the sometimes subtle differences between letters (I.e. “d” and “b”) and see the differences in numbers, you see the skill of visual discrimination at work! A child who struggles with this skill may have trouble with reading, writing, math skills, puzzles, games such as Memory or I Spy and more.

Caregivers can help build this skill in a child by reading to them, doing puzzles, playing sorting games, having the child help with chores like sorting cutlery or laundry, or playing game such as Memory, Spot It and I Spy!

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