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In the “Overlapping Shapes” worksheets, the student must find the 3 shapes that make up the design at the top of the page.

This file contains 10 worksheets.

Visual Perceptual Skills Addressed:

Visual Analysis and Synthesis

Visual Analysis and Synthesis is the ability to recognise how certain parts make a whole.

In the “Overlapping Shapes” worksheets, the student must recognise which shapes fit together to form the design at the top of the page (see how the “pieces” form a “whole”).

Figure Ground 

Figure Ground perception is the ability to screen out any irrelevant visual material when presented with a lot of visual information at one time (to locate the important stimulus without getting confused by the background or surrounding images). This skill is key for good attention and concentration. 

To complete the “Overlapping Shapes” worksheets successfully, the student must follow the outlines of each of the shapes in the design at the top of the page in turn (not get confused by the lines of the other overlapping shapes).

Visual Discrimination 

Visual Discrimination is the ability to identify differences and similarities between shapes, symbols, objects or patterns, by analysing their individual characteristics and distinctive features.

In the “Overlapping Shapes” worksheets, the student must compare the features of any similar looking shapes, for example, an oval/circle or a square/rectangle, in order to distinguish between them. 

Visual Motor Integration

Visual Motor Integration relates to the coordination of visual perceptual skills with body movement (the use of visual information to guide a motor task). For fine motor tasks, the eyes inform the arm and hand muscles where to go like "follow the leader”, so that motor output matches visual input.

In the “Overlapping Shapes” worksheets, the student's eyes must guide their hand to trace the shapes in a fluid and controlled manner. Tracing encourages the accurate placement and movement of a pencil on a sheet of paper.
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