Knowing which shoe to put on which foot. Understanding that a “b” has a bump on the right side. Putting homework on the left side of the take home folder before putting books into a locker beside the gym bag. Visual spatial relations are everywhere! Visual spatial skills in occupational therapy activities are an important skill.
Visual Spatial Relations is an important visual perceptual skill that is important for many functional tasks. Visual spatial relations allows the organization of the body in relation to objects or spatial awareness. This is an important part of spatial awareness in handwriting and many other movement-based activities. An important part of visual spatial relations includes laterality and directionality. These terms refer to left-right body awareness and the ability to perceive left/right relationship of objects.
The following tasks require visual spatial relations:
Letter formation and number formation
Writing letters without reversal
Reading letters without reversal
Walking in a crowded hallway without running into others