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Eyegames Lois Hickman Rebecca HutchinsLois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, co-authored [easyazon-link asin=”1935567179″ locale=”us”]Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision![/easyazon-link] to offer activities to improve vision.

This short read and reference embarks on sharing insight about visual learning, beginning at birth, along with how vision proceeds to develop up until the child enters school. Vision, touch and movement are interconnected. “Integrating the sense of movement, touch, and vision allows us to visualize experiences.” After reading this book, you will note that visual perception is an integral sense for the basis of learning.

Problems with Visual Perception
“Children with visual problems may not have had the touch, movement and motor experiences that form the foundation for normal visual performance, or they may not have been able to integrate these experiences because of an underlying sensory processing issue.”
A Few Physical Signs or Symptoms

  • frequent headaches or eye strain
  • blurring of distance or near vision
  • poor judgment of depth
A Few Performance Problems
  • poor reading comprehension
  • loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
  • poor handwriting

[easyazon-link asin=”1935567179″ locale=”us”]Eyegames[/easyazon-link] moves onward to discuss vision and autism by discussing the “Seven F’s”.

  • Following
  • Fixation
  • Focus
  • Fusion
  • Flexibility
  • Field
  • Fatigue

The authors do a fantastic job describing the “Seven F’s” in an easy to comprehend style. You are invited to secure a copy of [easyazon-link asin=”1935567179″ locale=”us”]Eyegames[/easyazon-link] to learn more!

Eyegames Boasts FUN Activities
The book continues to offer fun activities for particular issues. Both authors recommend a consultation with an occupational therapist or optometrist prior to initiating these activities. Below you will find a sneak preview of the subtitles found in the activities section of [easyazon-link asin=”1935567179″ locale=”us”]Eyegames[/easyazon-link]. Each section offers a variety of fun and simple games to help improve upon the area of difficulty.

  • Foundation Activities
  • Eye-Body and Eye-Hand Coordination Activities
  • Figure Ground Activities
  • “Wind”-Power Games
  • Other Senses and Visual Attention
  • Eye Movement Activities
  • Suspended-Ball Activities
  • Chalkboard or Whiteboard Activity
  • Visualization Activities
  • Bouncing a Ball to Learn Spelling

Surprise! Foundation Activity
This is a game that involves letters, numbers, words and shapes with a trampoline or mat.

  • Draw letters and shapes on a trampoline with [easyazon-link asin=”B001XSTZDQ” locale=”us”]sidewalk chalk[/easyazon-link].
  • The child can jump from one letter or shape to another. There are many variations you can create with this game:

– Jump from one geometric shape to another in a preplanned order or as you or the child shouts it out.

– Jump from letter to letter to spell words. First, try to use the fewest number of jumps possible to spell each word. This takes big, bounding jumps!

– Then, to make the spelling more automatic, try to jump more quickly to spell the words, requiring faster movement. You can even time this with a stop watch, if the child thinks it would be fun to beat his own score.

  • Have the child make up a phrase, then jump from letter to letter to spell all the words.
  • Print words around the trampoline. Jump from one word to another to create a sentence.
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