The relationship between visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration skills and oculomotor control, in learners attending a LSEN school

Buurman, Laetitia
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Children with specific learning disorders are frequently identified with visual processing difficulties. Receptive client factors such as oculomotor control are seen as foundational skills upon which visual cognitive processing is built, however there is little understanding of these skills and their effect on cognitive interpretation of visual stimuli. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between these concepts. A quantitative, non-experimental, cross sectional correlation study design was used. Pearsons and Spearman’s non-parametric correlation coefficient was used to analyse the interval data and ordinal data respectively. All the scores obtained were not normally distributed. Visual motor integration was significantly correlated with visual perceptual skills. Aspects of oculomotor functioning correlated with visual perceptual skills. This study concludes that there is a relationship between visual perceptual, visual motor integration skills and oculomotor functioning. It is recommended that the assessment of oculomotor functioning is included during visual perceptual and visual motor integration evaluations
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2020