Drawing a sleeping 8 (sign of infinity) also called lazy 8 is an effective way to improve brain lateralization and to cross the visual midline without interruption; thus, activating both the right and left eye and integrating the left and right visual fields. Crossing midline or cross lateralization simply means that a child reaches across their body with either hand (such as using the right hand or leg to reach across the left side of the body or vice versa).
When a child crosses her midline, new connections are made between the left and right brain hemispheres and thereby improving the integration of the brain for better concentration, visual focus, and problem-solving.
Marker pen/ chalk,
Handy vehicle toy.
Ask the child to stand on a mat on the floor in front of the whiteboard or chart paper sticking on the wall (draw a vertical divider in the middle of the board).
The child aligns his body with a point at eye level. This will be the midpoint of 8.
Draw symmetrical sleeping eight keeping the divider as the center.
Start on the midline and move anti-clockwise first up, over, and around. Then from his waist, he moves clockwise up, over around, and back to the beginning midpoint
As the eye follows the sleeping 8, the head moves slightly and the neck remains relaxed
3- 5 repetitions with each hand separately then both hands together are recommended
It can be made easier or harder depending on how accurately the child draws within the wide outline of the sleeping 8 to exactly tracing the pattern.
Children with poor pencil grip and difficulty in fine motor skills can use toy cars and ride between the outline drawn like a road resembles a sleeping 8 or can draw in the air focusing on the n back side of the palm.
Child can use different colored crayons/ chalk/ marker pen
To improve letter reversal and mirroring
Accommodate the alphabet in sleeping 8
To reduce e manuscript size
Practice sleeping 8 the n ruled book
Self-assessment can be done by analyzing the progress in handwriting by analyzing legibility, impression on paper, and writing speed
Involve instruction to improve auditory processing (g: Go up to the right and around, then cross the middle and up)
Humming can be allowed to improve focus and relaxation
Can practice on air to improve movement sense(kinesthesia)
Physical prompt is required for children aged from 2.5 years to 4 years.
Use toy cars and road patterns for children aged 2.5 years to 3 years.
Use spectacle if the child is already using spectacle for corrected vision.
Avoid dusting and using chalk if the child has any type of dust allergy.
Practice huge sleeping 8 on chart paper before practicing small sleeping 8 in a regular ruled notebook.
Benefits of practicing Sleeping 8
Right to left eye movement required for tracking and reading
Eye muscle coordination
Relaxes eyes, neck, and shoulders while focusing
Improve depth perception and centering
Bilateral eye-hand coordination and thereby Self-help skills which require both right and left hand (buttoning, lazing a shoe, wearing a dress, etc.
Reference: Brain Gym® Teacher's Edition by Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison