Monday, January 11, 2010

Eyes, Vision and Motor Skills in Children Development

I met someone in Starbucks today who actually knew Seiderman and had his child seen by him.   Did I tell you that the lady doing my vision therapy was Seiderman's assistant for many years?

Interesting Quote from Dr. Arthur Seiderman's book "20/20 is Not Enough:  The New World of Vision":

Perceptual problems usually manifest themselves in the child's motor skills because his eyes lead his physical actions: a mistaken lead causes a mistaken action.  If the child is lagging in growth of his motor skills and no pathology is present, it is likely because of a visual problem.  Any lag should cause a warning signal: this child may have a learning problem when he reaches school.  If he is lagging in several skills, the possibility becomes a probability.  Similarly, a child, who has, say, worn an orthopedic brace is more likely to have a visual motor problem in school, because his motor impediment will have affected his visual learning as well.  

Parents should watch for any difficulty that their child may have in his successive motor milestones: sitting up,  crawling, creeping, walking.  Other symptoms to watch for are dragging one leg, putting shoes on the wrong foot, trouble learning to tie laces, or button buttons, unusual clumsiness.  A child with a perceptual- motor problem is likely to have trouble learning to skip, and on stairs (especially going down) may tend to go down one step at a time.  He may avoid doing puzzles.  

Keep in mind that children must crawl before they walk:  they must pass through  each of the motor milestones if their skills are to develop properly.  Parents should not attempt to bypass a skill which the child is having trouble, but rather help him master it.

I wish some one had told me this one I was younger.  I was very bad  at learning to tie laces and I still am to this day.  I tend not to do puzzles.

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