We wanted to blog on space blindness because it's more common than people may realize, particularly overseas or other adopted kids, kids who were born prematurely, and others who may have had prenatal stress or toxic exposure.
Visual perceptual problems are rarely recognized identified specifically because they often don't receive neuropsychological testing by neuropsychologists or neurologists, and for the most part they are lumped as having "inattentive ADD", generic learning disability, Aspergers / autism spectrum disorder, or non verbal learning disability. That's what happens when behavioral checklists are the gold standard for assessments.
In the figure below, look at drawings of two children who have different impairments in their spatial perception. The child with a left hemispheric injury remembers the global aspects of the picture, while the child with a right hemispheric injury remembers the details.
Not surprisingly, these different misperceptions have profoundly different effects on learning from visual instruction and spatial organization in general. Common subjects that may be profoundly affected: writing, mathematics, and social interactions.
Now some people may think this is some obscure neuro-thing, but as we said -this is much more common than people realize - it's just that as it stands, kids are rarely evaluated by professionals who understand brain organization and how it may go awry.
In a future post, we'll blog more on compensations for visual perceptual and memory problems. Common routes of compensation include verbal mediation, or the use of words to describe visual-spatial relationships. Other helpful approaches include the use of sensory-motor memory (e.g. air writing) or visual associative cues.
Review: Kids & Impaired Visual Spatial Perception pdf
Picture of Dorsal Stream
MislabeledChild.com - Visual Processing
MislabeledChild.com - Adoption Issues