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Visual Integration Training

Visual integration training is an intervention designed to teach a person how to cope with his or her visual problems.

Visual Schedule

A visual schedule (also known as an activity schedule or a picture schedule) is a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.

Visual Screening

Visual screening is an intervention which requires the therapist to briefly cover the eyes of the individual, using his or her hand or an object such as a cloth.

Visual Script

A visual script is a written or pictorial example of a phrase or a sentence children with disabilities can use to cue themselves regarding appropriate topics of conversation or other verbal interactions.

Visual Stress

Visual stress is a condition in which an individual cannot see clearly so the world seems disjointed, confused and scary.

Visual Support

Visual supports refer to the presentation of information in a visually structured manner i.e. using pictures and photos, to make it easier to understand.

Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking

Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking is a programme designed to instruct and improve reading comprehension, oral language comprehension and expression, written language expression, and critical thinking skills in individuals of all ages through the development of concept imagery.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in animal sources, such as eggs, meat, fish, milk, cheese.

Vitamin B-1

Vitamin B-1 (also known as thiamin, thiamine and aneurine) is one of the B group of vitamins.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is a water soluble vitamin which is important in the proper function of the nervous system and important in proper carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.

Vitamin B-15

Vitamin B-15 is another name for dimethylglycine (DMG), a derivative of the amino acid glycine.

Vitamin B-6

Vitamin B-6 (also known as pyridoxine) is a water-soluble vitamin found in foodstuffs such as beans, nuts and cereals.

Vitamin B-9

Vitamin B-9 (also known as folacin, folate or folic acid) is a vitamin found in small amounts in many foods including broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peas.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin found in a small number of foods but we get most of our vitamin D from the action of sunlight on our skin.

Vitamin H

Vitamin H is another term for biotin, which is part of the B complex group of vitamins.


Vitamins are essential substances that cannot be manufactured by the body.


VOCA is an acronym for voice output communication aid, a form of augmentative electronic device which enables the user to speak.

Vocational Intervention

Vocational interventions include any services, programmes or initiatives which are designed to help someone find, get and keep a job.

Voice Output Communication Aid

Voice output communication aids (VOCAs) or speech generating devices (SGDs) are electronic devices which enable the user to speak.

Vojta Method or Therapy

The Vojta method or therapy is a type of patterning therapy which is based on a series of movement patterns which are designed to facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.

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