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Purpose:  To learn the skill of smooth, easy, accurate movement of each eye in following an object.

ApparatusTarget, a bright colored pencil eraser, or picture on end of stick.

Method:  Cover left eye, follow object with right eye.  Then cover right eye and follow with left.  Work in a place where neither parent nor child faces a light or window and the child faces a blank wall. Hold target about 16" from fact of child.  Instruct child to look directly at target and follow exactly.  Stand with good posture on balance board.  Always use both clockwise and counter-clockwise patterns.

  1. Move target in small circles (1" in diameter) and then larger circles (up to 2 feet in diameter).  Speed should be small circles about 1 rotations in 2 seconds, large circles about 1 rotation in 4 seconds.[


  1. Spiral:  start with a 3" circle and gradually increase to 2 feet in diameter.


  1. Figure "8" movements, 4"-5" from top to bottom of figure, same speed.


  1. Figure "8" movements:  same size and speed, but with "8" on its side.


  1. Erratic movements – no set pattern – do not go beyond area of your nose and brow.  Same speed.


  1. After 1 through 5 are mastered, vary distance of target in from of child from 6" to 2-3 feet from child's face.


Aspects to be Emphasized:


  1. Watch for small, jerky movements of the eye, or loss of fixation.


  1. Point out corner cutting or momentary stops and jerkiness to child.


  1. Effort must be made to correct such movements and to become aware of his ocular movement control.


  1. Maintain easy balance on balance board





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