Visual Sequencing and Tracking Skills

Visual sequencing refers to the ability to organize images in a particular order. This skill is needed for success with reading, spelling (organizing letters in a particular order), mathematic operations, running bases in baseball, planning for moves in football, cheerleading, dancing, etc.

The ability to organize visual images in any specific order begins with the ability to move the eyes from point to point without loss of the target. The skill is often referred to as “visual tracking”. Children who have difficulties coordinating the muscles of their body often have difficulty with visual tracking, visual perception, and reading, since movements of the eyeballs are controlled by the muscles that surround each eye.

As you can see, a construction task can be used to help develop visual sequencing and visual tracking skills.  When step-by-step visuals are presented on a tablet, the child learns to organize visual input from left to right, top to bottom, etc. 

pointing at the image to learn about  sequencing
student practicing sequencing
Student using sequencing skills while planning to build

Activities that would prepare the muscles of the eyeballs in terms of ocular motility and a host of other functional vision skills can be found at the website:  eyecanlearn.com

Other casual DIY activities at home that would encourage further development of ocular motility and visual pursuits include:

  • Finger Weaving
  • Mazes (mrprintables.com/free-printable-mazes)
  • Balloon taps game (see our post on Sustained Visual Regard)
  • Riding a bike around obstacles
  • Outlining objects on a coloring page
  • Flashlight tag
  • Popping bubbles (one at a time) from a bubble wand

Mazes and other free downloads designed for various age groups are available at Worksheets Library.

 

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