Like children with ADHD, adults with the condition typically have trouble concentrating, get distracted easily, have problems following directions and organizing their tasks and forget to do things. As a result, they may perform poorly in their jobs, be chronically late, have difficulty controlling their anger and have relationship problems.
When parents find out that their child is struggling in school, they attempt to help them by trying to get at the root of the problem, only to discover a complex maze with professionals disagreeing and vested interests being challenged. Many parents get overwhelmed by the conflicts and the information overload but they keep searching for answers.
While many factors can contribute to learning problems, some children experience difficulty in school because they are not ‘visually ready’ to learn. If their visual abilities are not thoroughly evaluated, they may mistakenly be labeled as learning disabled or as having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Kay Farrell has struggled all school year to make Montgomery County’s public education officials realize her son is both extremely intelligent and learning disabled. Officials just don’t see it, the mother says, telling her instead that her 7-year-old son, David, may have attention deficit disorder.
Conversion insufficiency affects 3 percent to 5 percent of the population. It can usually be treated with special eye exercises. If your child seems to have difficulty focusing when reading, see an eye-care specialist.
You probably already know what the letters “ADHD” represent: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. You may not be as familiar with convergence insufficiency, which optometrists call by its acronym, “CI”. Convergence insufficiency, or CI, is a condition in which the patient has difficulty using both eyes together as a team in a near space, as occurs during reading or writing.
Children of the 21st century develop in an increasingly complex society due, in part, to the tremendous influx of information competing for their attention. This necessitates filters and barriers so that they are not overwhelmed by stimuli, yet openness and receptivity to the types of exposures associated with normal childhood development.
Notice the title of this book. It’s emphatic. It ends with a Period. It is meant to be provocative. Not provocative for the sake of provocation, its author Dr. Richard Saul notes, but because he is concerned about the multifaceted problems caused by the misdiagnosis of ADHD.
We each have seen children in our practices who touch everything in sight and are so distracted that it makes it difficult to engage them in conversation necessary to conduct the so-called subjective examination. We always try to tease out those children who appear to be globally ADD vs. those who have more of a visual ADD.
A team of researchers have recently released the results of a new study that shows a strong connection linking Convergence Insufficiency (CI), a relatively common binocular vision problem, with ADD/ADHD behaviors and emotional problems.