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Visual Motor Learning - Ball on String Pursuits

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Purpose:  To develop smooth ocular pursuit ability under varying postural demands


Apparatus:  Ball on string, balance board, 2 dowels or yardsticks



  1. Have child stand on balance board (also walk about)


  1. Suspend ball on string 4-6 feet in front of the child.


  1. Swing ball back and forth in front of child, also diagonally, to and fro, and in circles.  Also raise and lower the ball while it is swinging.


  1. Follow the movement of the ball.  Try to see detail on ball and maintain awareness of the rest of the room.


  1. Holding dowel in each hand, attempt to touch the bottom of the ball gently varying positions right, left, center or swing with alternate hands.  Start dowel movement from floor.


  1. Step off balance board and move about the room without losing fixation on the ball, even if you must look over your shoulder or walk backwards.




Aspects to be Emphasized:


  1. Able to maintain constant visual fixation on moving ball while on balance board or moving about the room.


  1. Able to tap gently and accurately the ball with either hand at varying locations on its trajectory.


  1. Able to see detail on the ball while maintaining peripheral awareness of the room and its contents.
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