Efficient learning demands smooth and accurate eye movement. Whether reading, copying from the whiteboard or playing a sport, it is imperative that eye movement is precise and accurate. Eye tracking or scanning are other terms for eye movement.
The following sentence is a demonstration of what it might be like for someone reading with tracking problems: “Do y ou hav etroub lere ading thes esimp lew ords?” The person with poor scanning or tracking ability will tend to sequence improperly, become confused and read slowly. The sentence, when sequenced properly actually reads: “Do you have trouble reading these simple words?”
Signs and symptoms of a tracking problem include: Excessive head movement when reading, frequent loss of place when reading or copying, words frequently omitted when reading or copying, loss of place due to skipping words or lines of print, need for a finger or marker to maintain place (see above picture) and r
ereading of lines unknowingly.
“DEAR ABBY: Please help me get the word out about a common condition that severely affects children’s ability to succeed in school because it inhibits reading, spelling and concentration.” This is a common message in the minds of parents who have children whose eyes just don’t seem to focus or “team” properly. Click here or the picture to the left to hear one parent’s story
The following are instruments that we use in our therapy sessions: Rotating Pegboard Machine (RPM): The pegboard rotates in clockwise and counter-clockwise modes (up to 99 rotations per minute), and can be used in the testing and training for: eye tracking, eye hand coordination, bilateral integration, binocular vision development and figure ground perception.
Perceptual Visual Tracking Program (PVT): If there has been a diagnosis of dyslexia, rapid automatized naming deficit, reading potential below ability, ocular motility problems, eye movement disorders, temporal visual processing disability, visual perception dysfunction, then the Perceptual Visual Tracking Program (PVT) may be useful.Click here for more information – Perceptual Visual Tracking Program (PVT) The Wayne Talking Pen: An infra-red light and fiber optic sensor in the tip of the pen sense reflection as the user traces a pattern with the pen and provide immediate auditory feedback if the user wanders off the pattern.Click here for more information – The Wayne Talking Pen
Wayne Directional Sequencer: The Wayne Directional Sequencer includes pre-programmed activities for developing: Directionality Rhythm, Eye-hand coordination, Speed Sequencing, Visual Memory, Shape and Word Recognition, Tracking and Saccades.Click here for more information – Wayne Directional Sequencer
Wayne Saccadic Fixator: The built-in computer provides for the development of: Rapid saccadic fixations and tracking, Eye-hand coordination, Accuracy, Speed, Visual memory, Sequencing, Directionality, Synchronized rhythm, and Peripheral awareness.Click here for more information – Wayne Saccadic Fixator