Here are some great toys for developing oculomotor skills and visual-motor coordination. We love the Perplexus! 🙂
In The Out-of-Sync Child, Carol Kranowitz says, “Vision, unlike sight, is not a skill we are born with but rather one we develop gradually as we integrate our sense. Growing up, we learn to make sense of what we see. How? Through movement! Movement, the basis of all learning, teaches the eyes to make sense of sights.”
Kids need movement to learn and develop, but schools have been cutting recess to make time for more instruction and tests. Read how one school in Texas is turning that around: Turns Out Monkey Bars and Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain
In the classroom, approximately 80 percent of all academic work requires extremely fine, accurate eye movements and 1 in 5 children have an underdeveloped vision system that can contribute to several learning difficulties.
Here’s how an oculomotor dysfunction could be getting in the way of your child’s learning! This article is a great breakdown of the various visual skills that are needed to succeed in school
Read more: Oculomotor Dysfunction: Why my Child Skips Words, Can’t Cross the Midline, Experiences Double Vision (Integrated Learning Strategies)
We already know that checking your eye health can tell us a lot about general health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, thyroid disease, and more – but it’s possible that a retinal scan could one day help detect early signs of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease!
The eyes really are a window to your health 🙂
Read more here: Retinal imaging could provide window into brain disease (The Globe and Mail)