Date of Defense

Summer 6-24-1997

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Cindee Peterson, Occupational Therapy

Second Advisor

Teri Allen, Children's Therapy Center

Abstract

Vision is one of our most important senses because it is a process used by the central nervous system rather than a single sensory modality (Collins, 1996). Moor (as cited in Schmidt, 1996) states that our visual system links all of our other sensorimotor systems. It alerts us by cuing us into distant information. It may orient our attention. Vision alerts us to the movement of things around us and to our own movement in space. The visual system is essential to keeping us in an alert and awake state that helps us attend to current activities. Our eyes also help receive and interpret non-verbal communication. Lastly, the visual system works together with manual movements to develop eye-hand coordination important for using tools and learning about the environment (Schmidt, 1996). Vision is a very important building block to many other systems. This study helps show that sensory integration therapy is not always sufficient alone for children with sensorimotor problems. A visual perception protocol may be helpful and improve skills relating to eye-hand coordination.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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