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Handwriting Worksheets: Beware #3


Problem: A visually sensitive student is overwhelmed by the numerous problems on a Mad Minute worksheet!  The sheer number of problems to be completed in a timely manner is causing extreme anxiety!


Solution: To reduce the visual on the page:
a. Fold the paper into halves or quarters
b. Use an index card to block out part of the page or use “The Reading Focus Card” ( turned sideways as in above picture.
c. Make sure the visually sensitive student is not sitting under flourscent lights which increases the glare on the paper. Try colored worksheets rather than white ones to help reduce the glare.
d. In extreme cases, wearing sunglasses will also help reduce the glare of white paper.


Thoughts about “Screen Time”

I wanted to share with you comments taken from The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s newest postion on “screen time (tv, computer, Iphone, etc.) .  In addition to “visual concerns”, my colleagues and I have also been concerned about the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome in younger adolescents as it results from repetivite motion as well as the impact of the motions on our children’s grow plates.  Here are those comments from NAEYC:

Suggested recommendations for Screen Time:

—Under age of 2: no screen time

—2 to 5 years of age: One to two hours of TOTAL screen time per day.


—Eye fatigue, advancing nearsightedness, eye dryness
—Childhood obesity
—Irregular sleep patterns
—Focus and attention problems
—Impact on socialization/language development recommends 20 (every 20 minutes take a break) 20 (look at an object 20 feet away) 10 (look at that object for 10 seconds) for children to reduce the chance of “computer vision syndrome”.  Check out their website for great tips!
Your thoughts?

Puzzles, Parquetry and Writing: Visual Overload

Some children may experience “visual overload” when looking at the busy classroom, a cluttered worksheet, or even a busy blouse worn by their tutor!  Some suggestions to help these students:

  1.  1.Looking away behavior may be a sign of visual overload. Allow periodic breaks when working with visual assignments.
  2. 2. Monitor the lighting as fluorescent lighting can be fatiguing and can also create a glare on the paper. If sensitive to fluorescent lighting, try copying his work on blue, purple or yellow paper instead of white.
  3. When giving instructions, stand in an area that has reduced visual stimulation or have the student view you from an angle rather than from the front if you will be
    surrounded by visual distractions.
  4. If working with an individual child, monitor what you wear opting for softer colors and less patterned print.  As the child looks at you, make sure the area behind you is as uncluttered as possible.
  5. With visually demanding worksheets, fold the paper or block out parts of it using a ruler or index card.  Make sure copies are clearly printed.

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