Our TURNINGS IMAGE PUZZLES were designed to develop children’s visual closure abilities. Visual closure involves the brain’s ability to “fill in” visual information from what one sees in order to recognize an object, letter or a word. This ability is especially important in recognizing partially blocked or obscured items.
Weakness in visual closure often shows up as transposing of numbers or letters like reading “saw” for “was.” Along with difficulty seeing obscured objects, students can be inadequate identifying words as whole items from first letter to last. Other signs of weakness can include general clumsiness, occasional stumbling or over-reaching when grasping for objects.
Unaddressed weakness in visual closure can lead to stress in the visual system since one is trying hard to read. The stress is caused by this inefficient processing of printed material. Students are likely to experience difficulty in learning to read or, later, have problems completing extended reading assignments. Parents may observe their children resisting or avoiding reading and exhibiting poor posture while reading.
Again, these behaviors are due to accumulating stress in the visual system. As a result, comprehension can suffer since much energy and attention is being given to just getting information in accurately. There can be nagging doubt about what one is reading. Comfortable interaction with newly received information during reading (comprehension) is, therefore, usually frustrated and diminished.
In our experience working with students, we have seen many who found reading difficult. Testing results almost always indicated poorly developed visual closure. This weakness will eventually lead to more problems when academic demands require students to learn from reading. These test results made it increasingly evident that instruction had to address visual closure before most anything else in order to insure student success and enjoyment in learning-to-read and reading-to-learn.
In short, It is important for visual closure to develop early before reading becomes an essential skill for academic progress. IntelleSoft’s four Turnings Image Puzzles were created to develop visual closure in young children from toddler through beginning elementary ages.