We will use the term clumsy for all of the above, which includes:
With CVI there are three main reasons for this:
To explain 3. (above). Place a pen in front of you. Now go to pick it up, but as you reach for it, think about what your vision and hand and arm are doing together.
Your vision is guiding your hand, showing it where to go, to pick the pen up. It is guiding your hand through three dimensional (3D) space to the right place.
This guidance through three dimensional space uses a 3D map created in your mind, to accurately match where things are in the real world, so you can pick up the pen.
With CVI that match may not always be so good, so the physical location of the pen in the real world, and in the mind are slightly different, so when your child goes to pick it up they can miss.
This is called optic ataxia.
Between you, try to learn if the problem is one of your child's three-dimensional map, and if it is, how much is it affected by. There are fun exercises you could do together, like putting a straw into a bottle top or touching the top of a pen (see link to Lesson 9a below). The more your child practices moving accurately and is motivated, the better the outcome.
Observe the conditions in which their clumsiness is better and in which it is more severe. If the clumsiness is due to the map, some activities like certain sports may always be difficult, and you might need to think of different ways to do things, or different sports and activities that are more rewarding and motivating.
Lesson 9a The Map
Writing Storyboard (if your child is clumsy and struggles with neat handwriting)
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