What Is Visual Sequencing?

Visual sequencing refers to the ability to see objects in a particular sequential order. The child with a difficulty in this area is unable to perceive the order of stimuli in which they appear. For example, the child has problems in arranging pictures of events in the sequence in which they are presented, in copying the alphabet or numbers in the correct order, or in seeing the order of letters in words.

After perceiving the sequence the child should also to be able remember that sequence.

Many dyslexics have trouble with sequencing. Naturally this will affect their ability to read and spell correctly. After all, every word consists of letters in a specific sequence. In order to read one has to perceive the letters in sequence, and also remember what word is represented by the sequence of letters in question. By simply changing the sequence of the letters in name, it can become mean or amen.

The following are a few of the dyslexia symptoms that indicate sequencing difficulties:

  • When reading, the dyslexic may put letters in the wrong order, reading felt as left, act as cat, reserve as reverse, expect as except.
  • He may put syllables in the wrong order, reading animal as ‘aminal’, hospital as ‘hopsital’, enemy as ‘emeny’.
  • He may put words in the wrong order, reading are there for there are.
  • The dyslexic may write letters in the wrong order, spelling Simon as ‘Siomn’, time as ‘tiem’, child as ‘chidl’.
  • He may omit letters, i.e. reading or writing cat for cartwet for wentsing for string.
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