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Eye-tracking exercises – reflex integration

Eye Tracking.
Children with neurodiverse conditions such as ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, DCD often have problems with retention of reflexes (specifically the Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex) and find it hard to fix and track effeciently with their eyes. Hence a simple video to try with your kids. I find if parents or staff at school can do this at least 3 times a day there will be a marked improvement in eye tracking, crossing midline and bilateral integration skills. Please try it out.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTeVii_JjS8[/youtube]

Many children improve quite quickly whereas others find this very challenging and avoid it at all costs. Find a toy of interest to watch (especially if autistic) and try.
Fix and look at an object of interest for 5 seconds each in up, down, left and right directions
Track a moving object of interest (about 30cms away from eyes) across the midline in both horizontal and vertical directions.(see video)
Have fun and enjoy the exercise and if your child starts to blink and rub eyes take a break as probably overloading, return when have had a little rest.

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