INTEGRATED VISUAL LEARNING
Integrated Visual Learning is a style of teaching and learning in which students work by making associations of images with specific contents, data and concepts. This program provides tools to be used in the classroom and at home. In the school, the Integrated Visual Learning Coordinator and the Occupational Therapist offer support programs in the classroom in the preschool grades, in order that students improve their processes of integration of motor reflexes, gross motor, fine motor and the finest related to vision, and in processes that require memory or retention of information and organization of acquired knowledge, so the students can improve the understanding of the academic contents proposed by the school.
Activities are proposed so that children learn to use their eyes properly, manage information and also are able to think visually, in order to successfully achieve their learning processes.
The suggested activities are presented to students as learning experiences, allowing them to have appropriate sensory processing to organize and interpret the information they receive from their body and the world around them, in order to observe more coordinated and efficient answers, to respond to physical and emotional needs in an assertive way.
Martha Cristina Cortés, Occupational Therapist, performs classroom intervention at the Preschool level in the Integrated Visual Learning class, in a fun and game space that allows children to discover and learn about their body and the world around them, by developing motor, sensor-perceptual, cognitive and psychosocial skills that favor their learning processes.
The development of these skills will allow students to improve their postural control, the ability to assume different positions against gravity, the muscle tone, the bilateral motor coordination (coordinated use of both sides of the body), oculomotor control (Compensatory movements of the eyes to stabilize the visual field), the ability to use own sequences of actions in space and time, adjustment of head position in response to movement and gravity, alert level, language development, gravitational safety, discrimination and location of body parts in the space, straightening reactions, manual functions (presses and grips), discrimination and location of sensory information, body schema, motor planning and ideation skills, cognitive abilities (description, association, classification, comprehension, analysis and synthesis), and development of basic learning basic factors (attention and memory).
In the same way, she performs with the Visual Learning Coordinator, individual assessments to students from Primary, Middle and High School levels, who require it, in order to collect information about their areas of strength and aspects to work, providing students, parents and teachers with useful information about their learning process, as well as strategies that will enable them to achieve their school goals. In case of needing intervention from a particular external discipline, she provides information about suitable professionals who will work together with the student, parents and the school, in order to help students develop the necessary skills that will allow them to be independent, autonomous and successful in his academic management.
She also participates in the monitoring of external therapeutic processes, in order to follow up progress, share information about the perception of the teaching team and make the necessary suggestions that will allow the student to reach the proposed therapeutic objectives.
She conducts, with the Integrated Visual Learning Coordinator, evaluations for students aspiring to enter school.