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The test pin this week focuses on visual skills; specifically, saccadic eye movements.
Saccades are rapid movements of the eyes as they jump between two targets. This is in contrast to pursuits, when the eyes smoothly scan to follow a target.
Believe it or not, we actually use saccades, not pursuits, for reading. The eyes take in a bit of information, and then jump on to the next bit. We don’t scan each individual letter in a word.
So when child has difficulties with ocular-motor skills such as these, reading, copying, or other written tasks may be difficult for them. From what I’ve seen over the last few years, difficulties with visual skills are impacting our kids way more than we realize!
With that in mind, I try to incorporate activities that promote these ocular-motor skills within my therapy sessions. The following activity was one I spotted on Pinterest which seemed like another fun way to work on saccades and visual perception.
Here is the original pin:
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See how the child’s eyes would have to jump around the page to locate all of the number 1’s, or 2’s, and so on? What I like about this activity is that the child not only has to spot the numbers on the worksheet, but they have to circle or mark it with the correct color as indicated by the key at the bottom of the page.
So here is what I came up with:
To make this more challenging for some of my older clients, I added stickers with various pictures on them. This created a 2-part challenge.
- First the child has to find the correct sticker (i.e. a bumble bee with a purple background) from the sticker page. This task in itself promotes scanning and visual discrimination skills.
- Then, the child has to match the sticker to the corresponding number on the page. This promotes the skill of saccadic eye movement, visual discrimination, and form constancy as each number is a slightly different size than the others.
Overall, this took about a minute to throw together. The kids enjoyed the task because it incorporated stickers. Who doesn’t love stickers?? It can also be graded up or down, depending on the skills of the child. I would definitely recommend this activity at home or in the clinic, even as a tool to observe how well a child is able to use all of these visual skills together.
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