Spatial Relationship

The Genius of Seeing

Spatial relationships are related to how your child can maintain her body in connection to the surrounding environment when she is at rest and during movement.


Aubrey and her parents have just come back from the theater. Aubrey is so excited to get into the house because Grandpa is back from his f ishing trip. She jumps out of the car and runs into the house and into the kitchen. Aubrey does not notice that the kitchen chair by the wall is going to be in her way and runs right into it, stubbing her toe.


Aubrey is unable to navigate and avoid the contact with the chair either because she doesn’t see it, or because she doesn’t realize just how big she is and that she cannot f it in between the chair and the wall without moving the movable object. Aubrey’s spatial relationships skills are still developing.

Understanding spatial relationships is a required skill for your child to have as she learns to navigate through life.

When your child has the ability to understand her position (where the body is) in relation to things around her, then she can avoid obstacles. Your child’s brain has to consistently think about where everything is, especially her own body.

Spatial relationship skills will continue to develop naturally over time as you support your child’s skill building. Your child will also increase this skill through making more observations of where things are in her environment. Help her out by making obstacle courses at home with sheets and chairs. Also play Hide and Seek with your child; you’ll both have a good time.