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Visual Development Timeline
The First Twelve Months

It's important for parents to know how their child's visual development is affected as they grow. Babies are not born with complete vision or visual skills as vision is developed through different processes. The process of developing visual skills in infants is by looking, exploring, and touching.  As a parent, you play a vital role in ensuring that your child learns to see well and that they develop excellent visual skills! 

Here are some ways to encourage development in the beginning stages of your child's life: 

Birth - 6 months

  • Lots of tummy time! 
  • Change your baby's position often so that their view of the world changes
  • Encourage touching toys and lead your baby's hands as necessary, grasping, and encourage time with toys that make noise or music so that your child can listen to the toy and find it with their eyes and ears.
  • Provide stimulation with different sizes, textures, and objects
  • Play Peek-A-Boo to encourage and develop visual memory skills
Around six months of age, your baby should have their first eye exam. If you notice your baby's eyes turning outward or inward and the eye turn lasts more than a few seconds, call our office at 905-319-1066 to book a comprehensive eye exam for your child. 

6 - 12 months

  • Lots of crawling time, don't rush your baby into walking as crawling on all fours is imperative for coordination of the visual system and the whole body. 

  • Drop and pick up objects
  • Roll balls for them to follow 
  • Play Hide-and-Seek
  • Encourage rolling 
Of course, visual development and skills are developed over the course of childhood and beyond. Call our office today at 905-319-1066 to schedule visual development training for your child and ensure that they get a head start!  
RED is the first colour that your baby will see, but by the age of five months, they will see the full spectrum of colours! Bold, geometric patterns are encouraged. 
Did you know that blowing bubbles and popping them is one of the vision therapy exercises we use to encourage the development of visual skills? Talk about fun! 
It's normal for a newborn's eyes to wander or cross once in a while during the first few months, especially when they are tired. By the time your baby is 4 to 6 months old, the eyes usually straighten out, but if one or both eyes continue to wander in, out, up, or down it could be due to strabismus. Call us for a visit! 905-319-1066
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