A good Hand-Eye Exercise must have these elements to succeed.
(1) It must involve the circuitry between the eyes, brain and body;
(2) It must involve movement, both gross and fine;
(3) It must adapt to any skill level;
(4) It must be challenging to fully engage the mind and body; and
(5) It must be done repeatedly.
Patients of all ages can lack coordination skills for a variety of reasons. Training or retraining these skills leads to better life outcomes. Teaching patients these exercises and letting them practice on their own will provide great results. Pick the ones best for the person’s current skill level.
5. Drumming – Using one’s hands or with drum sticks to tap rhythmically on tables, dots, drums or any target object helps to coordination the hands and eyes under a time constraint. It is controlled by the patient meaning they can go slow or fast to keep the challenge at the best of their ability. It adapts and can be done almost anywhere.
4. Patty Cake – This simple elementary school game has surprising benefits. It encompasses vision, timing, movement and coordination. It is done between 2 people, so each person must watch and adapt to the movements of another. It can be done slow or fast, with counting, songs or variations in hand positions. The goal is to make it fun and the results will follow.
3. Balloon or Ball Toss and Catch – Depending on the skill level, use a balloon or ball to hit, throw, or catch. Bounce off the floor or wall. This can be done alone or with others. It has all the elements for training Hand-Eye Coordination.
2. Crafts – Make something. Knit, sew, draw, write, stack blocks, glue, paint, create. Find out what the person likes to do and create an exercise around their interest. It will interest and motivate them to do the exercise repeatedly while giving purpose to the skill.
1. Qball – The Ultimate Hand-Eye Trainer. The Qball was designed specifically to train Hand-Eye Coordination. It is the best on the market. It is a solid rubber reaction ball with a moderately erratic bounce. No 2 bounces are the same so a person must watch and react to each bounce. It adapts to any skill level or age (5 – 95).
People in wheelchairs drop and catch the ball beside their chair. Others bounce 1 or 2 off the ground or wall. Going as fast as they can keeps the challenge at the best of their ability, so their minds are fully engaged.
It targets vision, movement and reactions. The numbers 1 – 10 on the Qball provide a point of focus to exercise accommodative vision tracking. They also allow for fun math games such as adding or multiplying successive top numbers.
Go to this link to download the Games and Exercises Manual.
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