Appearances can be Deceiving

Practice Seeing Words

Appearances can be Deceiving

Practice "seeing" based on the figure-ground relationship of letters, letter pairs, and words. The targets and foils range in difficulty from single letters to typical vocabulary, spelling, and reading words from elementary school to college; and challenge words from a variety of disciplines.
Practice “seeing” the target in progressively more challenging situations. Choose from 12 fonts—all lower case, all upper case, upper-case initial letter of word, and random—most similar to reading text.
Customize the background with colors and patterns. Loads of options to customize ses- sions for each individual’s skill level.
Take a tour of Appearances to get an overview of what it does.

Target Audience: Appropriate for neurotypical children ages K-12, and children and adults having difficulty with visual figure-ground discrimination and/or visual perception.


Appearances can be Deceiving

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Slip is a word used to describe what can happen if you try to walk on ice or wet leaves. Your feet slide or “slip” and you lose your balance. Losing your balance distracts you from what you were doing and all you can think about is not falling.

When you view text in a book, on the box of your favorite cereal, on tv, or on a computer screen it is important to be able to see what is actually there. Just like losing your balance on a slippery surface you can lose your balance while reading when letters and words are misread.

Words can be misread when a letter or combination of letters appear visually similar to other letters or letter combinations. The slip—or loss of balance—can result in mistaken identity. Mistaken identity makes it difficult to comprehend the content of the text.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the first game in the Slip Into View series. It is a game designed to hone visual discrimination skills as they apply to text. Text, like everything visual, is seen in relationship to its surroundings–other items on the page or screen, the background color, patterns, fonts used, and the kind of letters.

This exercise lets you practice “seeing”. Focused practice lets you become aware of potential mistaken identity. Awareness is the start of changing how you see, so you can see what is actually there.

Chapter 1 introduces single letters and letter pairs. Chapter 2 has two and three letter words. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 have progressively more difficult words, and challenge words are in Chapter 6. Within each chapter, the difficulty increases as the foils become less distinguishable from the targets.

Change the background patterns and colors for challenge. For an even greater challenge change the font style and capitalization. Change the letters to make the text look like books, newspapers, headlines, and advertising.