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What is Vision Therapy?

Visually related learning difficulties

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The 20/20 myth

Did you know that 20/20 does not necessarily mean that your vision is excellent. How can someone have 20/20 sight yet still have a vision problem?

20/20 gives a measurement of a person's ability to read a certain sized letter at a certain distance for the short period of time it takes to read that letter.

more about the 20/20 myth...


Signs and Symptoms of Visual Information Gathering and Visual Information Processing Problems

Visual Motor Observations
1. Paper constantly moving
2. Poor posture when writing
3. Poor pencil grasp
MORE visual motor observations…

Relationship of Visual Motor Skills to Academic Performance

  1. Child considered by teacher to be “lazy”, “not trying”
  2. Has difficulty with all written work
  3. Sloppy work, rejected as unreadable
  4. Constant motion (paper and body)
    MORE relationship of visual motor skills to academic performance…

Symptoms of Visual Motor Integration Difficulties

  1. Poor handwriting
  2. Inability to put a column of numbers in a straight line
  3. Can respond orally but can’t get it down on paper
  4. Contorts himself when writing
  5. May be good artistically – but dislikes coloring pictures
  6. Poor at tasks requiring hand-eye coordination
    MORE symptoms of visual motor integration difficulties…

Gross Motor Observations

  1. Posture – observe trunk, shoulders, arms
  2. Excessive activity (non-directed)
  3. Deterioration of visual distance from paper
  4. Visual control of motor movements
    1. Laterality
      Does child seem one sided?
      Uses both sides, but not together?
      Difficulty crossing midline?
    2. Directionality
      Demonstrates left/right confusion?
      Demonstrates top/bottom confusion?

    Signs of Gross Motor Problems

    1. Child in constant motion as reported by parent and teacher
    2. Walks into walls (doesn’t look where he’s going)
    3. Uncoordinated (one-sided) movements
    4. Can’t skip, hop or jump
    5. Uncoordinated athletically
      MORE signs of gross motor problems…

    Symptoms of Perceptual Difficulties

    1. Difficulty judging size and shape
    2. Difficulty recognizing objects that are similar to familiar objects
    3. Papers from school that involved discrimination of similarities and differences are poor
    4. Difficulty learning letters and numbers
    5. Parent has hard time teaching “anything”
      MORE symptoms of perceptual difficulties…

    Signs of Visual Perceptual Difficulties

    1. Child tends to be slow
    2. Child tends to be impulsive
    3. Guesses at solutions
    4. When making discriminations tends not to utilize same factors as other children
    5. Ignores small differences and similarities
      MORE signs of visual perceptual difficulties…