Visual Motor

December 12, 2013 0 Comments

sports day4The Visual Motor Integration programme at The Grove was developed as a means to balance the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the modern child. With the help and advice of other professionals, a constantly changing programme is being developed to cover the following areas:

  • Grossmotor movements and body awareness
  • Eye movements and hand/eye co-ordination
  • Balance and midline crossing
  • Listening skills

All Foundation Phase children attend a half-hour session once a week. Every three weeks the programme changes to include different activities that will help develop areas of weakness. Every child is observed and if necessary referrals are made or home programmes are given.

Besides developing physical aspects, the social development of the children is enhanced through having to work co-operatively, share, take turns, evaluate and respond in a responsible and self disciplined manner. It also affords class teachers the opportunity to freely observe their pupils in non-academic situations and enables them to make more holistic evaluations. Some interesting links between their performance in the classroom and during the VMI programme have been observed, e.g. children who struggle with balancing activities also appear to be more distractable in the class.

The programme will remain in flux and develop with the children in accordance with their needs. Both the teachers and the children have found it to be an exciting, rewarding and very valuable experience.

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