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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.41 n.1 Pretoria  2011




Correlating the developmental test of visual perception-2 (DTVP-2) and the test of visual perceptual skills revised (TVPS-R) as assessment tools for learners with learning difficulties



Janet RichmondI; Kathy HollandII

IBOT (UP): MOT (UKZN). PhD Edith Cowen University. Lecturer Occupational Therapy, Edith Cowan University, Australia
IINat Dip OT: B(Hons) OT (UP): MEd (Tertiary Education) (UND). Lecturer: Occupational Therapy (Westville Campus). University of Kwa Zulu Natal





Learners are often referred to occupational therapists to assess their visual perceptual functioning. It is, therefore, imperative that the occupational therapists use the best assessment tools to obtain accurate and reliable results that lead to effective intervention which will be noticeable in the classroom functioning of these learners. A study was therefore conducted which correlated the results of the Developmental Test of Visual Perception (second edition) (DTVP-2) and the Test of Visual Perceptual Skills Revised (TVPS-R) in a cohort of 173 learners from Grade 1 to Grade 4 (children aged 6 years to 11 years). The learners attended a remedial school in Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa).
The DTVP-2 and TVPS-R appear to be of equal value when assessing a learner for visual perceptual difficulties. However, when specific sub-tests were used as a guide to focus therapy strategies, differences appear.

Key Words: Developmental Test of Visual Perception-2, Test of Visual Perceptual Skills-Revised, Assessment of Visual Perceptual functioning



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