by Jérôme Grondin, Medipsyline (translated from French)
My personal experience with the CD-ROM EAGLE EYE: This program is very helpful for training visual attention problems by means of
- attention distractors (e.g. moving balloons)
- change of target positions.
This forces the patient to suppress irrelevant perceptions, because neither spatial nor sequential memory can help him to find the target and because trial and error strategies are useless.
The only thing the patient can do: rely entirely on visual perception strategies.
A few kids do not like to play these games. In my opinion it is just the extreme need for visual attention and the limited time available that prevent the use of work-around strategies. And this makes it hard on some kids.
EAGLE EYE is suitable for remedial work because it permits very little learning by simple repetition. Once the kids understand how a game works they concentrate on visual perception strategies.
EAGLE EYE yields only little improvement of scores as long as you try strategies that have nothing to do with perception - which explains it's usefulness for training visual attention.
It is possible to train the visual pursuit of an object in motion, the visual discrimination of similar forms or letter sequences as well as the span of visual attention. The only thing missing are games that train sequential perception.
In summary we can recommend EAGLE EYE in the case of learning difficulties (LD) due to hyperactivity and attention deficit, from age 6 to 7 upwards.
EAGLE EYE is well suited for cases of visuospatial Dyslexia, Hyperactivity, visuospatial Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit syndromes, starting at a certain point of recovery.
An additional advantage: EAGLE EYE is well suited for sustained and progressive training. It is possible to prescribe an individual set games for targeted training of weak spots. At a time where computer based programs become an important part of therapy this seems to me of utmost importance (This trend has started in the US and has shown its promise especially in the auditory field - as for example Lindamood-Bell).
Link: Website of Jérôme Grondin (French)