The ability to perceive a form and find it hidden in a conglomerated ground of matter.
Visual figure-ground refers to the ability to locate & identify shapes & objects embedded in a busy visual environment, or the ability to attend to one activity without being distracted by other surrounding stimuli.
Can cause problems with:
attending to a word on a printed page due to her/his ability to block out other words around it
filtering out visual distractions such as colorful bulletin boards or movement in the room in order to attend to the task at hand
sorting/organizing personal belongings
missing the "big picture"
missing important information (e.g., word recognition, locating one object within a group, finding place on the page or skips pages & sections, noticing punctuation)
copying from the board & omitting certain words
finding hidden pictures in activities
locating a friend on the playground
finding a specific item in a cluttered desk
If you find that you or your child is experiencing these difficulties, please give us a call at 253.237.3405. Our occupational therapists would love to assist you!