Thursday, February 4, 2016

All About Visual Perceptual Skills

Yesterday in lab the students learned about five different (but still similar) visual perceptual assessments, two of which I was unfamiliar with. So what did I do? Pulled up my comprehensive assessment chart and added them to the list! And as you can imagine, students will be required later in the semester to administer one of the five tests. For a better understanding of visual perceptual skills, this website provides easy to understand information about all the visual perceptual skills we have. Without further ado, let me give you the low down on each of the assessments we covered!

Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Beery VMI)
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Key Points
- appropriate for ages 2-99
- use when there is a suspected visual motor deficit
- looks at visual motor integration, visual perception, and motor control
- easy to administer, difficult to score

Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP)
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Key Points
- appropriate for ages 4-12 years 11 months
- use when children have difficulty with vision and motor skills
- looks at eye-hand coordination, copying, figure ground, visual closure, and form constancy
- easy to administer and score

Motor Free Visual Perception Test (MVPT)
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Key Points
- appropriate for ages 4-95
- use when there are suspected visual difficulties especially with people who may have other deficits
- looks at spatial relationships, visual closure, visual discrimination, visual memory, and figure ground
- easy to administer and score

Test of Visual Motor Skills (TVMS)
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Key Points
- appropriate for ages 3-90
- use when there is visual motor dysfunction specifically with copying
- measures eye-hand coordination and visual motor skills
- easy to administer and score

Test of Visual Perceptual Skills (TVPS)
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Key Points
- appropriate for ages 4-18
- use when children have typical developing motor skills but may have visual perceptual concerns
- measures visual discrimination, visual memory, visual closure, figure ground, sequential memory, spatial relations, & form constancy

So, all these assessments sound similar with measuring the same skills and information. Oftentimes a site only has one particular assessment and therefore you use whatever you have on hand. During my first Level II fieldwork, I administered the MVPT several times to adults and kids. Pretty interesting to see what abilities they have or are lacking. 

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