- 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
Vision and Reading:
Diane McGuiness, Ph.D., a cognitive developmental psychologist and professor at the University of South Florida, has written a wonderful book entitled: "Why Our Children Can't Read and What We Can Do About It". Dr. McGuiness notes:
"Children with serious problems in binocular control tend to telegraph this in noticeable behaviors. They frequently rub their eyes, squint at the page, cover one eye or turn sideways to read, or move their head from left to right instead of their eyes. Any one of these behaviors, if persistent, is an indication that parents should have their child tested by an optometrist specializing in diagnosing and treating visuomotor problems. Binocular fusion and controlled scanning are highly trainable."
There are three important messages here:
- Visual problems can interfere with reading even when a child has 20/20 eyesight.
- A child with reading problems and multiple symptoms or signs in the PAVE checklist should be tested by an optometrist specializing in these problems.
- Difficulties caused by vision problems can often by solved through vision training.