- Infographic: Is Your Child Smart in Everything But School?
- A Typical Scenario
- An Unmotivated First Grader
- Is Your Child Struggling in School?
- The Key to a Better Education is Better Vision
- Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)
- Poor Standardized Test Scores: The Vision Connection
- Symptoms of Vision Problems that Cause School Troubles
- Vision and the Gifted Child
- Vision is Key to Developing Your Child's Abilities
- Vision Problems Can Make School a Struggle
- When a Child Struggles, the Whole Family Struggle
- Why is School so Challenging for Your Child?
- Raising Awareness about Vision Disorders in Children
- Requests for Section 504 Accomodations
- The Students Bill of Rights
- National PTA Resolution on Vision Testing
- Retraining the Eyes Can Help Kids Read
- Success Stories
- The Eye Bone's Connected to the... Brain Bone
- Therapy for Poor Vision Can Be Real Eye-Opener
- Vision and Reading
- Vision and Developmental Dyslexia
- When Your Child Struggles
- Resources: Research update on Visually-Based Reading Disability
Vision and Perception
The Eye Bone's Connected to the . . . Brain Bone:
Your eye is basically a very smart receiver and transmitter. What makes your eye so smart is that it's retina, or screen, it a direct outgrowth of brain tissue. In fact, the optic nerve which enters and exits the back of your eye feeds information directly to the brain.
Some well-meaning professionals mistakenly argue that the eyes have nothing to do with learning problems because learning disabilities are caused by faulty brain function. These professionals admit that eye muscle control problems can cause secondary problems such as headaches or double vision, but plenty of people are able to learn despite these challenges.
Well ... if your child is one of those people who is distracted by focusing or eye muscle problems, we think you should have an important say in determining how significant these challenges are. And further, if the problem lies in processing incoming visual information, specialized help will be needed. If you inquire about your child's vision, and are told that vision problems don't contribute to learning problems, just remember the jingle ("The Eye Bone's Connected to the ... Brain Bone") while you head to the nearest informed developmental or behavioral optometrist.