Perception refers to the way we process information received through our senses; eyes, ears, skin, muscles, tendons and joints. They are important part of the Life Skills curriculum at Foundation Phase.
PERCEPTUAL MOTOR SKILLS
These skills will involve processing information through the eyes, skin, muscles ligaments and joints. It covers the gross and fine motor skills of:
Visual motor coordination
The ability to coordinate vision with the movements of the body.
Refers to the ability of the hands and eyes working together when performing a movement.
Refers to the ability of the feet and eyes working together when performing a movement.
Showing an awareness of each side of the body.
Preferring to use one hand or side of the body.
Crossing the midline
Being able to work across the vertical / horizontal lines of the body.
The ability to follow and object with the eyes while not moving the head/body, e.g reading from left to right.
This relates to the processing and interpretation of information received through the eyes. It covers the skills of:
Refers to perception of the position of objects in space.
Refers to the ability to differentiate one object from another.
Refers to the ability to remember what the eyes have seen.
Figure ground discrimination
Refers to the ability to distinguish an object from the background rounding it.
The Learner should be able to identify an object, despite the fact that the total stimulus is not presented.
Refers to the ability to recognise the nature of objects when viewing them. Perceptual consistency (also known as object permanency or form constancy) The ability to perceive objects possessing invariant properties.
This relates to the processing and interpretation of information received through the ears. It covers the skills of:
Refers to the ability to recognise a difference between phoneme sounds and to identify words that are the same and different.
Refers to the ability to store and recall what one has heard.
Refers to the ability to member the order of items given orally in a sequential list.
Auditory blending (also known as auditory closure)
The ability to blend single phonic elements or phonemes into a complete word.