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Eye-Hand / Ear/ Balance Integration

It’s not enough for our visual system to work well in isolation.  The visual system must also coordinate with the motor system, auditory system, and vestibular systems in order for us to interact comfortably and efficiently with our environment.

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Eye-Hand/Ear/Balance Integration

The Eyes Guide Every Other Body System

Visual-Motor Integration: (also known as eye-hand coordination) refers to our ability to visualize a physical task and then execute that task using the motor system.  However, it’s actually a little more complicated than that.  During the process of performing the motor task, the brain uses visual input to constantly adjust the motor movements. Think about writing.  As you make the letters, you use your eyes to help you determine whether you’re writing slopes up or downhill, whether you are staying between the lines, and whether the letters and words are appropriately spaced.  The brain also integrates that information with motor feedback such as how hard you’re pressing on your pen and how the pen glides across the page.

Visual-Auditory Integration: refers to how your eyes and ears work together.  Usually, when you hear a sound, your eyes will move towards the direction of the location to first locate where it is coming from and then identify what is making the sound.  Visual-auditory integration is very important to reading where children have to sound out an unfamiliar word when reading.

Visual-Vestibular Integration: refers to how your visual system interacts with your balance system.  When these systems are not well integrated, people tend to have trouble with car or motion sickness, balance, going up and down stairs, and walking in a straight line.

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Visual-Motor Symptoms

  • Poor performance on written tasks
  • Articulates answers well, but are poor test takers
  • Poor gross or fine motor skills
  • Poor sports performance
  • Poor handwriting or neat, but slow writing
  • misaligns digits in a column of numbers
  • Writes uphill or downhill
  • Cannot stay between ruled lines when writing
  • Clumsy, bumps into things
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Visual-Auditory Symptoms

  • Has difficulty following verbal directions
  • Poor spelling
  • Difficulty reading phonetically
  • Difficulty matching a sound to a symbol
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Visual-Vestibular Symptoms

  • Vertigo
  • Car or motion sickness
  • Difficulty walking up or down steps
  • Difficulty walking in a straight line

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