Why Does Visualization Matter?
You may be thinking what does visualization have to do with AD(H)D, dyslexia or learning? Let’s first define that visualization is the act of mentally imagining a form or situation. This can be remembering a trip you took or imagining an object in your mind.
Around the age of three our vision and visual processing abilities develop to a level where we are able to start this visualization process. Before this time we use our sense of taste and touch to explore our world. I think we would all agree that using our vision to explore our world is less awkward in social situations.
This is the first of three blog posts that explain how visualization is important in our lives. This discussion explains how it relates to ADD or ADHD-like symptoms.
Visual System Development
If the visual system doesn’t develop to a progressively higher level children beyond the age of three will still often feel the need to grab and touch everything they see to understand it. This is a common symptom of ADHD. Now imagine that you are not able to visualize what a consequence of our actions are. These children often do not have fear and are more likely to innocently harm themselves or others because they can’t imagine the consequences of their actions. Without proper development of vision and visual processing a child may suffer from symptoms of a behavior disorder. For more information on this topic and to find answers visit the Your Child’s Vision page.
I would also recommend several books related to this topic.
Berne, Samuel, O.D., FCOVD. Without Ritalin: A Natural Approach to ADD ; Kranowitz, Carol Stock.
The Out-of-Sync Child and Getz, Donald. O.D., FCOVD. Seeing is Achieving: Improve Your Child¹s Chances for Success.
If we catch these issues early enough we may be able to reduce or even eliminate the effects of these disorders.
Dr Mary Gregory
Visualization ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and Learning