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Free intervention videos to improve hand-eye coordination of children with dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder.
Restricted access to occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other rehabilitation services is understandably having a negative effect on the physical and emotional wellbeing of children, parents and their carers. Therapists have adapted and many are using remote online or video-based service provision. In recognition of the current constraints on face-to-face therapy, academics have recently developed and produced therapeutic intervention videos, designed for clinicians, parents and children to use, especially tailored to help children with dyspraxia/DCD to improve their hand-eye coordination.
For the past 10 years researchers at the University of Exeter and Manchester Metropolitan University have been investigating the benefit of training the eye movements of children with dyspraxia/DCD to improve their coordination. Known as ‘Quiet-Eye’ training, this programme is based on observational learning where children are given a unique insight into what a skilled performer can see while carrying out motor skill tasks, such as throwing and catching. Children are then asked to copy these eye movements while performing.
So far this approach has been shown to offer benefits for:
- Improving throwing and catching performance
- Improving general movement coordination
- Improving parental perceptions of overall coordination
The researchers have made their training videos available to parents and therapists for free, and welcome any feedback related to their use or success.
The training videos can be freely downloaded here: http://see2learn.co.uk/videos/
More information about the intervention method can be found here: http://see2learn.co.uk/training-programme/
Feedback about the training videos can be sent to the research team via this online form: Contact | See 2 Learn