Friday, December 18, 2009

Xmas Gifts for Visual Skills

Here are just some things that I have been using in vision therapy that might be useful for folks with eye problems.

Geo Blocks and Legos:  3d modeling.  I don't have stereoscopic (3D) vision.  So these blocks are good to practice  looking at the world in 3d

Modeling Clay:  Good practice with 3D objects.  Also good for fine motor skills

Brain Safari:  Software  game where you go on a safari with animals  Pattern recognition for visual memory problems, visual spatial orientation, In 20 exercises, BrainWare Safari targets 41 cognitive skills consideredmost critical for learning including multiple attention, memory, auditory processing, visual processing, sensorimotor coordination (for example, hand/eye coordination), and thinking skills.   Brain Safari was conceptualized on the basis of a theory that dates back to 1949 called the "learning hierarchy," in which basic skills fan out to more advanced skills.  It  has been the object of research studies and I am using it in my vision therapy.You can read a research study about it at this link:

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Labyrinth:  We play this game at A Total Approach with my occupational therapists.  Labyrinth is a board game designed to create a series of ever-changing mazes that one to four players must move through. The object of the game is for each player to collect as quickly as possible all seven treasures depicted on their individual treasure cards. To add to the challenge, players know what the next treasure is only after they find the one before it.  Good for ages 8-adult.

At home, we play this game with my 89 Mother-in-Law who enjoys sharpening her visual spatial skills.   My husband, who is visually spatially gifted, was annoyed the first time we played because I beat him on his own turf.  He ran out and bought the game and then proceeded to trounce me the next few times until I beat him.  I have to play a revenge match against Melissa my therapist.  She was winning way too many times during therapy.

Putting a wiffle ball on a string and batting it around.  Good for eye tracking... Keep your eye on the seams of the ball.

Bean Bags.  Tossing bean bags and tracking them with your eyes are good.  Also, drills where you are tossing it from hand to hand and crossing the midline of the body.

And, of course, puzzles and sudoku are good for visual skills as well.
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