“It takes my son a long time to get dressed on his own. He gets very frustrated if he has to button his shirt or zip his jeans.”
“Our son did not creep on his hands and knees, but pulled himself across the floor by his arms.”
At first glance these descriptions may not seem so out of the ordinary but these statements and those that follow in this article paint a picture of what a preschool aged child with poor development of functional vision may look like and the difficulties they may face.
Let’s take a deeper look at the development of vision. As you read this article you’ll begin to understand that how we move, how we think, and how we develop is important for later learning skills.
When vision develops and matures as it should, both simple and more complex life skills become automatic. Eye movement control is necessary to develop good visual perceptual abilities. When balance and motor coordination are guided by vision we are better able to integrate what we are seeing with what our body is doing. When our eyes, body and mind work together our quality of life increases. The preschool years are the best time to guide and help your child with perceptual skills that will help them during their school years.
“My child is very clumsy, always tripping over her own two feet and running into corners. She falls down a lot and has many cuts and bruises.”
What is Involved in the Development of Vision and Why is it Important?
The visual system begins to develop in the womb and continues to mature throughout infancy and into early childhood. There are many important things for your child to learn in the years between birth and entering school. A child learns more and at a faster rate during these years than at any other comparable period in their life.
This is a time for developing the basic skills of walking, talking, and learning how to learn. It is a time when your child is developing control of their body, their feelings, thoughts, and actions. We develop in a sequential, yet integrated way, using other sensory inputs as part of visual processing. You may hear the phrase “vision is movement”, meaning movement guides our visual process and our visual process directs our movements.