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Helping your child with visual-spatial difficulties

If your child has difficulties telling his right from his left, help him by playing games such as ‘Simon says’ (‘Simon says touch your head with your right hand, and so on’) and ‘Looby Lou’ (‘Put your left foot in, take your right foot out, and so on’). Mazes and treasure hunts with instructions such as ‘take five steps to the left’ are helpful. If your child makes a coloured mark on his right hand each day, this may help him to remember which hand is which. Thinking of his left arm as his ‘watch arm’ may be useful if he wears a watch.

If your child finds tying his own shoe laces, or knotting his tie, extremely difficult, then teaching these skills may have to be postponed for a while. In the meantime, Velcro fastenings on shoes, and ‘pre-knotted’ ties that clip on to his collar, can be a great help.

Give him practice with doing puzzles and mazes, as well as copying drawings. Books containing puzzles for children, such as mazes, ‘join the dots’, and ‘spot the hidden figures’, are excellent ways of developing these skills.

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