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Purpose: The goal of this procedure is to call out the letters in a regular and consistent tempo and in the proper order. You must develop the ability to “see ahead” to the next section of letters so your timing will be at the expected speed.
Materials: Hart chart Eye patch if indicated by therapist Red/green filters and red/green glasses if indicated Metronome or other means of keeping rhythm
1. Cut the chart into four equal pieces.
2. Place the four charts on the wall spaced as directed by your therapist.
3. Patch one eye if instructed to do so by your therapist. Start the metronome.
4. Call out the first letter of the first chart, then the first letter of the second chart, the first letter of the third chart, and the first letter of the fourth chart.
5. Repeat this process with the second letter of each chart, the third letter, etc. until all letters are completed.
6. Notice your speed, timing, and accuracy. If there is difficulty keeping pace with the tempo, try a slower speed with a goal of increasing the tempo as ability improves.
7. Change the order of the charts regularly to prevent memorization.
NOTE: Consistency is important in this activity. Perform the activity daily or as instructed by your therapist. Work to make your reading more smooth and consistently accurate.