For those of you who have been following Your Kids OT, you will know that I recently went to New York City. So indulge me a minute whilst I show you some photos from the trip.
These photos are from Ellis Island which is located on the same ferry route as the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island was America's largest and most active immigration station. It is now a museum which documents the stories of some of those who passed through its halls with their hopes and dreams of a better life. It was an interesting and moving experience to see what was involved in the "processing" of hopeful immigrants.
"Visual motor perception is the ability to copy geometric shapes, letter or drawing in a proper spatial manner... Form-copy tests are excellent indicators of a child's future school performance. If I had to choose only one test to give a child to determine his school readiness, it would undoubtedly be the form-copy test". K. A. Lane (2005) Developing Ocular Motor and Visual Perceptual Skills: An Activity Workbook .
As OTs, we place emphasis on copying shapes when assessing visual perception. Copying the "vertical diamond" in the Beery VMI is reported to have an age norm of 8yrs 1mth. The developmental trends in drawing a vertical diamond include drawing vertical lines (3yrs), reflections of vertical and straight lines (4yrs), closed form with angles (5yrs), squared diamond (5yrs 8mths), definitely elongated (6yrs 10mths) and then the acceptable angularity (8yrs 1mth).
When teaching a child to draw a diamond, I focus on their ability to draw diagonal lines and their ability to cross the midline (taking into consideration the child's age and development). A multi-sensory approach is key so that the child "feels" the action and can understand how to motor-plan. This may include drawing in rice and shaving cream, creating with playdough or using craft sticks to create patterns and shapes.
Have you been to Ellis Island? Can your child draw a diamond?
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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