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What Is Form Perception?

Form perception is one of the most basic visual discriminations that a child has to make. Whether it be the differentiation of the shape of a circle from a square, or the letter B from P, the ability to perceive the shapes of objects and pictures is an important skill for the developing child to acquire. As Hallahan et al. rightly state in the book Introduction to Learning Disabilities, the child with poor form perception is at a distinct disadvantage when confronted with school-related activities. There is hardly an academic activity that does not require the child to engage in form perception.

The most obvious classroom activity requiring the child to discriminate forms is that of reading. The learning of the letters of the alphabet, syllables, and words will undoubtedly be impeded if there is difficulty in perceiving the form of the letters, syllables, and words. That the discrimination of letters is a crucial skill in the early stages of reading is evidenced by an extensive literature review conducted by Chall (1967). She concluded that the letter knowledge of young children is a better predictor of early reading ability than the various tests of intelligence and language ability.

Audiblox is a system of cognitive exercises, aimed at the development of the skills foundational to reading, spelling, writing and math. Form perception is one of these foundational skills.