Active Focus Games For Your Children

There was a time, many years past, when our limited imagination at the #endmyopia project didn’t make childrens’ lives so easy. We did the exact same program as we do for adult myopia rehab, with […]

Jake Steiner

May 14,2013 · 1 min read

There was a time, many years past, when our limited imagination at the #endmyopia project didn’t make childrens’ lives so easy. We did the exact same program as we do for adult myopia rehab, with kids.

But we learned how to help children more effectively.

The addition of a child psychologist helped things a lot. That and the intervening years of experience, and creativity of clients, made our child programs really come alive. Our eyesight improvement programs for the young ones are excellent now, if you forgive a moment of immodesty on my part.

The online child program shares core concepts of what we learned in the office – namely, how do we make better eyesight fun, for your kids?

It’s not all Snellen charts and centimeter measurements, and pushing focus while staring at a computer screen for them. Adults don’t mind, we are more long term motivated, we can work it out. But kids want fun. And we, the parents, don’t want another huge project.

To that end, if you partake in the Child Vision Improvement Course, there is this tidbit in #14:

>>>>> Child Program Excerpt <<<<<

Depending on how creative you feel, you might make this a project with your child:

One of my clients had bought a a writing board at the local hardware store, to which magnets would stick. She then bought magnetic letters and animal shapes of various sizes, to arrange on the board. A fun idea, and incentive for the child to participate in playing the game!

You can even just use your refrigerator for this, though it’s more fun if you let some anticipation build up by taking your child shopping. Participation creates pride and interest, keep that in mind.

Take a look at this, as another example:

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It’s magnetized letters, available here on Amazon.com.

You could do a little shopping, depending on the child’s age, for simple animal shapes, or take the letter idea further, with ones with varying sizes. You can create easily re-arranged custom Snellen charts, right on your fridge! At a cost of just a few dollars, it allows for creativity and fun while we play the focus game.

Let’s move on, to just that, now:

You want to encourage the child to push focus. Easiest way to do that is to move back (let’s use the fridge example here), until the child can’t quickly tell you what shape or letter he/she is looking at. Measure that distance, maybe put down a piece of masking tape on the floor at the child’s feet, to easily get to that spot again.

Now, encourage the child to make out the letters or animal shapes. No squinting, but blinking is ok! Ten minutes of this is plenty to work on focusing.

Keep in mind that the active focus distance is

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>>>>> Child Program Excerpt <<<<<

And that’s how we get into focus pushing for children.

Much more fun than the adult version engaging, and endless possibilities. We incorporate focus pushing, active focus, a fun way to keep track (logging), all in a way that kids appreciate.

Anybody can do the fridge magnet game. Especially if you yourself have experience from the Adult Vision Improvement Course, this probably makes a lot of sense to you already. Paired with the success stories in the forum, it should quickly become apparent of how these tools can really help your child’s vision health.

Enjoy!

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Jake Steiner

Reformed stock trader. Kite surfer, pilot, vagabond. Father. And of course - the last of the living, imaginarily bearded eye gurus.

Topic:  Child Myopia

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