Visual Skills for School Work: Eye-Hand Coordination

Eye-hand coordination is the ability to guide the movement of the hands with the eyes. It is also known as hand-eye coordination. It is an essential visual skill for school work because most school activities such as writing, art work, playing with toys and sports require children to react (move their hands) based on what they see. Children with poor eye-hand coordination will have challenges performing these activities correctly.

Poor eye-hand coordination is caused by vision problems and/or muscle problems and so may be managed by more than one type of health professional

Some signs and symptoms of poor eye-hand coordination include:

  1. Poor writing and drawing. What the child writes is often not in line and his drawings are usually poorly positioned.
  2. Difficulty following moving objects with the eyes.
  3. Jerky or disjointed movement of the hands.
  4. Avoiding or refusing to perform activities that require eye-hand coordination.

Any child who shows signs of eye-hand coordination problem should be examined by an eye doctor. In the absence of any vision problem or if muscle problems are suspected to be the cause, the child will need to be assessed by other professionals such as an occupational therapist and/or a neurologist.

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