VT Ninja Training
Written By Guest Blogger: Jessica Zwilling COVT
Last weekend, we took a family trip to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center for one last summer hurrah before school started. In the Ninjago (LEGO Ninjas, for those not into the LEGO scene) section we found a really fun activity which my husband referred to as “a vision therapy game.” He wanted to challenge my vision therapist skills, and of course, he won.
Below, you’ll see a video of ninja training in action. There is a panel of 12 square lights on the wall. They are touch sensitive and change between five colors – red, yellow, blue, green, purple. You choose a color and that’s the color you have to touch. All the while, the tiles change colors randomly, as you have to touch your color before it changes. Your color is often on more than one tile simultaneously, so you have to be fast. You get about 20 seconds to touch as many of your color as you can. For extra fun, there is a second light panel so that you can do a two player challenge! The scores are displayed on a screen at the end.
This game is, of course, very similar to the Wayne Saccadic Fixator or the Accuvision 1000 with a fun cognitive element. I believe there are similar programs available on the Sanet Vision Integrator (SVI) as well. I like that you have to be able to filter out the other colors that you are not looking for. Put a red lens on the non-strabismic or non-amblyopic eye to encourage fixation of the amblyobic/strabismic eye in a binocular field setting. Add a balance board. The possibilities are endless, as with most VT activities.
I used my best central/peripheral strategy, and still, I could not beat my 10 year old. I claim an unfair advantage, as she is exophoric and has a very peripheral personality!