Visual Motor Integration

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Visual motor integration, commonly called eye-body or eye-hand coordination, is a critical component of vision.  Like a visual "follow the leader," the eyes go first and tell the muscles where to follow, leading to balance, coordination, and movement.

· Eye-Body Coordination, also known as Gross Motor Eye-Body Coordination, allows a child to use his or her visual systems to monitor and adjust placement of his or her body weight against the gravitational forces on both sides of the body's midline, allowing for good balance and coordination. A child with poor eye-body skills may have difficulty in such areas as sports, learning to ride a bicycle, or handling themselves with dexterity.

· Fine Motor Eye-Hand Coordination is the visual input into the body's fine motor system. A child with insufficient eye-hand coordination may have poor handwriting and take longer to complete written assignments. He or she may become frustrated over time and lose concentration, resulting in less time spent on task.

If any of these visual skills are lacking or not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder. This can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems. Parents and teachers need to be alert for symptoms that may indicate a child has a vision problem. If your child has any of these issues you should take your child for a comprehensive eye exam.