Similar to writing, eye tracking is a fine motor task. Many children require assistance in developing more accurate and efficient reading-related eye movements, just as they must learn how to properly hold a pencil to write or quickly type on a keyboard. There is substantial evidence that specific eye movement training improves reading performance for grade school children.
“It is important to keep in mind that eye tracking difficulties are a common cause of poor reading performance in our early learners and can significantly interfere with overall academic achievement,” says Danielle Leong, OD, PhD, CSO, King-Devick technologies. “Published evidence shows us that there are simple solutions. Teaching our students the fine motor skills necessary for the physical act of reading broadens their abilities and academic potential with profound impacts on reading achievement.”
Alexandra Talaber, OD, Director of Reading Solutions, King-Devick technologies adds, “Optimal visual performance sets students up for success in the classroom. Utilizing evidence-based programs that increase visual performance early on can significantly improve a student’s academic performance so they can focus on reading-to-learn verses learning-to-read.”
A Research-Based Solution Tests for Eye Tracking Inefficiency and Improves Reading Performance
Want to learn more about identifying eye tracking difficulties and improving visual performance to enhance reading achievement? The King-Devick Reading Acceleration Program (K-D RAP) is a web-based system that teaches students how to move their eyes efficiently and accurately, and has been shown to significantly increase oral reading fluency and comprehension scores in as little as six weeks in elementary students.
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