Visual Perceptual Area Definitions - Visual Closure

This skill helps us to quickly process information in our environment because our visual system doesn't have to analyse every detail to recognise what we're seeing.

An individual with poor Visual Closure skills has difficulty visualizing the whole of an object when part of it is hidden or missing. For example, visualizing the missing parts of a poorly photocopied page of print or pictures, or recognizing an object when it is partially hidden by other objects in front of it. Visual Closure also allows accurate judgments to be made from familiar but partial information. For example, recognizing a dot-to-dot picture before it is complete.

Where we're reading, Visual Closure perception helps us recognise sight words. It is a foundation skill for fluency and speed in reading and spelling. Efficient reading relies on this skill because with each fixation of the eye only part of the letters of a word or phrase is actually perceived. As a child becomes more competent in reading, eye fixations become fewer and he or she must "fill in" more material and encompass a wider area of print.

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