INFANT DEVELOPMENT “Nurturing Little Hearts And Minds” – Part 1

INFANT DEVELOPMENT “Nurturing Little Hearts And Minds” – Part 1

By: QTLC Staff Member

October 14, 2016

SUBMITTED BY: Clara Beaton (ICI & On the Grow Educator) (QTLC Staff)

Unfortunately, much infant care these days involves activities that limit the rich, close-up, sensory-motor experiences needed for optimal development.  These activities include spending long periods of time in car seats, baby swings, strollers, and “bouncy” chairs.  Infant care requires careful development in multiple areas which will be discussed in this multi-part blog series.

Let’s start with

Vision Development

 

Why Vision Development?

“Vision is the brain’s way of touching the world”

                                                                   -Merleau Ponty

 

And children with vision problems are falling through the cracks!

Did you know that…

Only 14% of kids have an eye and vision exam before age 6?

The recommended age for the first exam is 6 months?

Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood?

The most critical stage of vision development occurs during the first year?

And perhaps most surprising of all Vision is a LEARNED process?

 

Visual learning is like any other infant learning-it depends on a baby’s experiences.

So what can you do in the classroom to help infants reach their full vision potential?

Let’s take a “look” at one activity that you can do in the classroom.

 

 

(Ocular motility or eye movement control):

The ability for both eyes to move together to follow an object

Eye tracking has an important role in successful reading and in playing sports!

The ability for both eyes to move together smoothly allows children to follow the words on a page in straight lines. It also helps them watch a ball roll across a field.  Use the following song activity to support ocular motility.

Can You Follow Me?

Tracking practice

(Tune: Old MacDonald)

 

I am going over here.

Can you follow me?

Now, I’m going over there.

Can you follow me?

I can go here; I can go there;

I can go just about anywhere.

Now I’m coming very near.

Can you follow me?

(Repeat using a toy as you sing)

 

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