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Teaching Tips and Interesting Facts - - Observable Visual Performances.

Eye movement skills:

This is the skill of speed and control of visual inspection and scanning of visual materials so that the child obtains the greatest amount of information with the least time and effort. If the eye movements are slow, clumsy and uncoordinated and if the eyes jump, jerk or loose their place on learning materials, the amount of information obtained by the child will be well reduced.

The improvements are notable if the child is given special action skills as well as visual and developmental experiences.

Eye teaming skills:

The human sight system is designed so that the paired eyes and muscles can team up that the two eyes perform like one. If the child does not gain the skill and unity of full eye teaming he will experience learning difficulties. The child will be clumsy and will have problems with writing and handling teaching material.

Eye hand coordination:

The ability and proficiency depends on the use, practice and integration of eyes and hands. On this skill depends the ability to make visual discrimination of size, shape and location of objects. This skill is essential for visual interpretation of words and numbers in workbooks.

The child's paperwork will show extreme lack of orientation on the page, he will have difficulties to stay within the lines. He will have problems with multiplication, division, fractions, measurement etc. His written work will lack structure and punctuation will be a challenge.

Visual form perception:

Its purpose is the immediate and accurate discrimination of visible likenesses and difference, a skill that is necessary for learning to spell, to recognise symbols such as - + x ÷ or like terms in algebra etc.

Figure ground perception:

Is the ability to focus and isolate a desired (important) image from the background. As the brain receives thousands of visual stimuli and sees many images at the same time, it has to be able to suppress some and give a “go” to some that are interesting, exciting or needed. Research and comprehension skills depend on this.

Poor focusing skills , eye teaming, eye hand coordination and figure ground are the main cause for poor attention skills, disruptive behaviour, and are the main cause of failing to achieve.

When you look at something you don’t just see with your eyes, you focus, discriminate identify and interpret information.

Vision is a complex combination of learned skills, including tracking, fixation, change of focus, binocular fusion and visualization. When all of these are well developed, children and adults can sustain attention, read and write without “careless” errors, give meaning to what they see and hear and rely less on movement to stay alert.

Children are more and more forced to deal with lengthy prolonged near visual tasks. Our vision was designed for more distant vision. The stress on visual system has produced many adverse symptoms and problems.

Visual therapy:

Enhances and develops visual skills that are poorly or inadequately developed.

If:

The child experiences headaches, some neck and upper back pain, blurred vision, is tired, itchy, or has watery eyes, the discomfort is likely related to the heavy vision load of working at near distance.

We, at Jays’ Education, are aware of the association between vision and learning. We recognise the importance of vision in the development of children.

We are aware that the vision problems that impede learning are usually not obvious to teachers and parents, and they go undetected in traditional vision screening. Visual dysfunctions are often interpreted as poor coordination, learning problems, AD(H)D, lately also as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia etc.

Our workbooks are specifically designed to make reading, spelling and maths visually friendly. Pages are uncluttered, set out in easy to follow steps. The print is clear, the instructions are given in slow sequential steps. Each page deals with one fraction of an outcome. Each consecutive page takes the child right through the workbook so at the end of the workbook the desired outcome has been reached.

While teaching and reinforcing academic skills the program’s aim is to develop the child’s visual skills to a level that will no longer make learning so difficult. All our books deal with visual perceptual difficulties in the best way possible. 

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