Eye Tracking – An Important Exercise in Helping Children to Read
Many children have a profound reading problem but show average intelligence in other aspects of learning. Some children are skilled at specific physical abilities, sport, art, or building construction. Frequently, children have an excellent auditory memory and can easily recall song lyrics or movie lines.
Learning to read remains very dependent upon the foundational skills of balance, movement, and touch. In fact, the senses of balance, movement and touch affect the correct development of the visual system. With the sensory system united and processing information well, the visual system can decide and decipher symbols, such as letters and numbers. The eye muscles are dependent on steady balance to be able to track and to distinguish small targets.
Visual motor exercises can help strengthen eye-tracking, such as a maze worksheet navigated with a pencil, finding a hidden picture, connect the dots, word search exercises, and tracking a single line out of a series of lines (that look like a plate of spaghetti lines on a page) in order to find the correct endpoint. Performing these exercises in a variety of different postures is helpful too!