VISION THERAPY: HELPING OUR CHILDREN
Vision related learning problems are more frequently identified due to today’s increased academic demand on our children. These issues can be effectively remediated through vision therapy. In addition, there are developmental and neurological issues such as ADD/ADHD which respond well to vision therapy.
WHEN IS LEARNING DIFFICULTY DUE TO A VISION PROBLEM?
Vision plays a key role in how we learn. Many symptoms and behaviors associated with learning disabilities are similar to those caused by vision problems. This is why it is so important that a comprehensive vision examination be part of the evaluation of all children who are failing to succeed in school.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR CHILD.
Look for the following signs indicating your child might benefit from vision therapy. Make an appointment with our office to determine if your child’s symptoms are vision related.
- Poor reading comprehension
- Works slowly
- Difficulty copying from one place to another
- Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
- Difficulty changing focus from distance to near and back
- Poor posture when reading or writing
- Poor handwriting
- Can respond orally but can’t get the same information down on paper
- Letter and word reversals
- Difficulty judging sizes and shapes
HOW TO IDENTIFY A VISION PROBLEM IN YOU OR YOUR CHILD
Children should be referred for a comprehensive eye exam to a pediatric optometrist whenever visual symptoms are noticed or if they are not achieving their potential. Many of these vision problems will not be detected during a school vision screening or limited vision assessment as part of a school physical or routine pediatric health evaluation.