Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

May 8, 2015

Seeing words as pictures: an Occupational Therapy review

Jessica Hoffarth, MS, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, recently reviewed an article.      


This article from IFL Science summarizes research from Georgetown University Medical Center that asserts that our brain sees words we know like a picture, recognizing whole words rather than strings of letters that require processing, like a “visual dictionary”. 

Jessica suggests trying this theory out on yourself and your kids by noticing what happens while you are reading a book or even a grocery list.  

Jessica and the 7 other licensed occupational therapists on our team are available to share their expertise. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.