I Came, I Saw, I Scanned

By Activity Bank on Oct 17, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Vickie Brennan, Flo Ryu and Dennis Lolli and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

For students with some usable vision, this activity helps to develop the student’s ability to scan an array of up to three objects during a visual exploration of toys. The teacher or therapist should be able to observe the student scanning and shifting their gaze from one object to the next. Lessons include Orientation and Mobility.


Three objects of similar size


  • Present three objects of similar size, in a row from left to right and within student’s preferred visual field.
  • Note student’s eye movements when scanning the objects.


  • If the student does not scan from one item to the next, try shining a penlight on each object or use pointing cues, directing shift of gaze from one item to the next.
  • Encourage the student to choose between three food items of similar size.
  • Encourage the student to locate one toothbrushing article from several articles (toothbrush, cup, toothpaste).
  • Direct the student to find her own coat cubby from all the other cubbies.