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Reading

Up to 80% of struggling readers are lacking visual skills. If the eyes can’t track accurately through the text, reading becomes difficult. These problems can mimic other learning disabilities.

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Writing

Messy writing with bad spacing? Vision problems can cause writing to be messy with unequal spacing, reversed letters, or slow output. It is also a leading cause of trouble copying off the board.

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Attention

If the eyes don’t work well together, it takes more energy to try to stay focused. It’s like trying to ride a bike with flat tires. These vision problems cause 7 of the 9 symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

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Spelling

‘Fonetik‘ spelling? If a child doesn’t have good visual memory abilities, spelling will often be phonetic or random. Less than 50% of the English language is phonetic so visual memory skills are a must.

Vision Skills That Are Necessary For Reading


Eye Tracking

If your eyes don’t track accurately, the information on the page will get mixed up. When it’s bad enough, a child may not even recognize the same word three lines later.

Eye Teaming

For focus and attention, your eyes need to work together efficiently. Problems like convergence insufficiency can cause headaches, migraines, difficulty with computer screens and more.

Accommodation

Your brain controls how accurately your eyes focus on the page. Problems with accommodation can cause blurry vision, headaches, difficulty with concentration and more.

Visual Processing

80% of struggling readers are lacking one or more visual skills

Vision Problems Can Look Like:


Dyslexia

Attention Deficit Disorder

Learning Disabilities

Developmental Coordination Disorder

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7 of the 9 symptoms of attention deficit disorder can be caused by a vision problem

If you were trying to ride a bike with flat tires, wouldn’t you have trouble to keep riding? If a child’s eyes don’t work efficiently and it requires a lot more energy to try to read or stay focused, they will give up sooner or avoid doing it.

Studies have shown that treating these vision problems (if present) reduces the attention deficit disorder symptoms.

‘In an open trial, attention and internalizing problems improved significantly following treatment for CI (Convergence Insufficiency).’

Behavioral and Emotional Problems Associated With Convergence Insufficiency in Children: An Open Trial.
Borsting E1, Mitchell GL2, Arnold LE2, Scheiman M3, Chase C4, Kulp M2, Cotter S5; CITT-RS Group.

J Atten Disord. 2016 Oct;20(10):836-44. doi: 10.1177/1087054713511528. Epub 2013 Nov 22

Writing Requires Fine Visual-Motor Skills

The fine motor coordination required for writing needs finely tuned visual coordinates. If your child is struggling with writing, they could have undiagnosed vision problems.

Signs of a vision causing problems with writing:

  • reversed letters
  • unequal spacing
  • difficulty copying off the board
  • reduced writing output
  • poor spelling
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This boy's writing changed dramatically after vision therapy. His hockey improved, his reading soared, and most importantly he believed he was smart.

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This 8-year-old boy's writing changed dramatically with treatment.

Spelling Requires Visual Memory

Phonetic tactics get fonetik results.

Did you notice the spelling error?

What did you say to yourself? It’s not that it sounded wrong; it looked wrong. If a child relies on phonics to spell, then you will get the fonetic version of the words they are trying to spell. More than half of the English language doesn’t follow the phonetic rules. Parents are amazed when a child can all of a sudden ace their spelling tests, and spell a word like Pneumonia forwards and backward, all by utilizing their visual memory.
What Needs To Be Tested If Your Child Is Struggling.

Eye Tracking

If your child cannot accurately move their eyes through the text, they won’t get the right information from the page.

Eye Teaming

Your child’s eyes need to be able to work together. Problems with how the eyes work together (binocular dysfunction) can cause problems with reading and attention.

Eye Focusing

Visual Processing

Your life. Visible results.

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