The other day I was working with a patient and asked him to move to the other side of the room. He started walking and bumped into a chair that was set aside. I asked him if he was alright and he said,” oh yes, lately I have been bumping into things, my mom took me to see the doctor and after some tests he said that it was that I was just growing too fast and needed to adapt.” But you may ask, how can he adapt?
From birth through adulthood, our bodies are changing all the time. The relationship between the brain and our proprioceptive, visual and vestibular systems all need to work in sync to understand, Skeffington’s four circles of vision, which are: “Where am l ?”, in space, “Where is it?”, “What is it?” , and based on that be able to process and communicate.
Body Awareness is learned, it has to do with knowing and feeling where the body’s individual parts begin and end and where they are located, whether it be in the middle on the left, right, top, bottom, front or back side of the body. This will allow movement through space to be done in a more confident and secure manner.
Body Awareness is the foundation for balance, bilateral integration, spatial awareness, laterality and directionality. Which in turn allows the visual system to be learned with strength and accuracy.
We at Vision Learning Center understand the importance of body awareness and begin our sessions with one or two body activities before beginning with our tailored, one on one, vision therapy.
-Norma Munoz, OVT, Reading Specialist