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A children's mystery story with visual screening activities: A pilot study

1 May 2004


This pilot study reviews the effectiveness of a children's mystery story that incorporates visual screening activities within the plot. The book that was used in this study is Eye Can See You, The Secret of the Haunted Mansion, which was written by the authors of this study, Sarah Fox-Hocking and Suzanne Zamberlan. This study looks at the impact of this book on thirteen second, third, and fourth grade readers, both boys and girls. The children that were surveyed for this study provided helpful feedback to the authors about the effectiveness of having visual screening activities in this book and also judged the book's readability. Each chapter of the book has interactive activities that provide a way to help screen a child's visual capabilities, although the book is not intended to diagnose visual problems. The visual screenings incorporated into the storyline include suppression, visual memory, near visual acuities, visual figure-ground, visualization, problem solving skills, visual closure, and laterality. Parents and caregivers were advised to read the book with the child to ensure each activity was performed correctly. After the story, there is a section that lists possible results for each activity and what each result indicates visually. There is also a list of vision related websites at the end of the book for parents and caregivers to access if they have questions about their child's visual system. The results of this pilot study revealed that the seven boys and six girls who read the book enjoyed both the story and the visual activities. They found it interesting and understandable. Parents and caregivers. also provided positive feedback about the book, the activities, and the parental resources.


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