Name: Visual Oculomotor Strengthening Program
Oculomotor skills are critical when reading, writing, copying information, working on art projects, finding an object in a background, playing sports and many other activities performed.
visual tracking/visual pursuits - ability for eyes to follow a slow-moving target.
saccades - ability for eyes to jump/move from one target to another
convergence/divergence - ability for eyes to move together (eye teaming) inward and outward when following something in towards body and out away from the body.
Popsicle Stick Reading - Put different colored circle stickers or draw circles with different colors down a popsicle stick and have individual hold this vertically. Then say the colors see in order from top to bottom, the sticks can then be held sideways and read from left to right. Try to have individuals keep head straight and not use fingers to hold place (only hold finger at tip of popsicle stick).
Ball activity with letters on ball - Get a medium sized ball and write letters on the ball. Put a target on a wall (could mark an X with painters’ tape or use a large sticker) and have the individual toss the ball with both hands to hit the target. Then when the individual catches the ball, say the first letter seen.
Number Sequencing Activities – Using numbers, either by using puzzle pieces or putting numbers on sticky notes and spreading them around on the wall (or floor for puzzle pieces). Have the individual find these in order.
Games - Elefun (great for visual tracking skills to follow paper butterflies out of an elephant trunk and into your net) and Spot it (finding the same picture on two cards great for visual scanning skills). Also beading activities and tweezer games help with working on visual fixations.
Worksheets - Mazes, dot to dots and word searches are great activities for working on visual motor and ocular motor skills.
Balloon volleyball with letters or shapes written on it. Have the individual say what is seen when hitting the balloon.
Ordering from a menu and figuring out how much things cost (by reading across the line)
Use old fashioned phone book to look up the name and address of a target person or business.
Experience movement and direction changes with sequencing arrows.
Hit a soft ball/balloon/crumbled paper with tennis racket or badminton paddle
Balance Beam activities
Directional Jumping Throwing a ball through a hanging hula-hoop
2.Ball (Medium sized)
7. Tong/Tweezer Games
Description: Learning Resources Avalanche Fruit Stand
10. Mazes, Word Searches, Dot to Dot