Processing Disorder "Visual Memory"


Processing Disorder or Visual Memory

Visual memory is particularly important in the process of reading. The brain treats each word as a shape. Each word creates its own unique shape, which the student must immediately recognize and decode. A person with good visual memory will have instant recall of a word after six to seven exposures. A person with poorly developed visual memory might need 45 to 50 exposures to a word before he develops this instant recall.

Consequently, the individual will learn to read but at a much slower rate and only with great effort. Visual skills have other important functions as well. As we learn to read, we must put words and phrases together to conceptualize the meaning of words. If we are able to form a clear "mental picture" or visualize what is taking place in the text, we are easily able to conceptualize meaning.

If we are able to visualize the step-by-step procedure as a math concept is being explained, we are easily able to understand and recall the procedure. These skills also play a major part in helping us recall the correct spelling of words. We must remember what a word looks like (bouquet for instance) in order to correctly spell it (if you spell words phonetically, you are not good at spelling).