Click on the button below. You will see a clown jumping around the screen.
Watch the clown, being careful to only move your eyes and not your head. (The
inability to move the eyes without also moving the head is usually an indication
of deficits in a child's oculomotor system.)
...click on the Jumping Clown!
Rabbit Jumps with Motor
This is another tracking/visual
motor activity, integrating the ability to control our eye movements with our
ability to direct our hands. This time, however, the directions ask the
child to alternate hands, turning the demand up a notch. This will also
mean that sometimes the child will be reaching across his body to touch the
screen. The ability to bilaterally reach across the body's midline is
an important developmental milestone. The target is also the same color as the
background (less contrast) and moving quickly (requiring faster processing) so
the child's visual system has to be fairly efficient in order to complete
the task well.
Try to touch the rabbit with your index (pointer) finger before he
moves. Alternate hands--right, left, right, left, etc. Move only your eyes
and hands, not your head.
...click on the Jumping Rabbit!
involves some very specific eye movements. The eyes must move left to right
along a straight line without deviating up or down to the lines above or
below. In addition, when we reach the end of a line, our eyes must make a
difficult reverse sweep back to the beginning of the next line. If a child
cannot control these eye movements, he'll lose his place and comprehension
becomes a problem.
Read the numbers left to right as
they appear on the screen. Move only your eyes, not your head. Start with the slow speed; if it is too easy, move
on the medium speed. Once the medium skill is mastered, try the fast
speed. The goal is to read the numbers easily, smoothly, and accurately.