Suggestions for assessment

Suggested materials to use in Assessment for Range 9-10


No color or pattern preferences

Preferred color may be necessary when complex, highly detailed symbols or images are presented

Color helps organize, frame or highlight salient features of materials

Color may “anchor” visual attention to salient features in environment: Use colored tape to outline light switches, doors with child’s preferred color.


Typical responses to moving targets

Tablet devices incorporate movement and backlighting

Visual attention to the movements of people or pets at a distance of 20 feet or more

Visual latency

Latency resolved

Visual field preferences

Visual fields unrestricted


Only the most complex visual environments affect visual response (may need to use past successful strategies when this occurs)

Views books or other two-dimensional materials identifying salient features, internal details and location of targets against complex and patterned backgrounds

Child sorts objects into categories of “same” by salient features

Typical visual/social responses



Distance viewing

Visual attention extends beyond 20 feet

Demonstrates memory of visual events

 Atypical visual reflexes



No restriction of objects

Highly novel settings may be disorienting and require orientation

Absence of visually guided reach

Look and touch occur together consistently