vision therapy exercisesVision therapy exercises are often thought of as being eye exercises, yet they go far beyond the scope of traditional therapies for the eyes.? Eye exercises are often criticized as being hard work, laborious and ineffective when it comes to children with learning difficulties, and while these criticisms certainly hold true for most eye therapies they are not true for vision therapy exercises.

The Difference between Eye Exercises and Vision Therapy Exercises

The basic premise of vision training is that the eyes are attached to the brain.? Therefore, while we may incorporate some aspects of traditional eye exercises, we need to address the relationship between the eyes and the brain.

While older eye exercises supposedly try to strengthen muscles or readdress imbalances in the muscles, our intensive vision therapy goes beyond this as it attempts to modify what the brain understands from input from the vision system.? This opens the scope for helping children interpret and understand what they see, not just getting the eyes to see it, and so we can investigate and train a far wider range of skills in a child with learning disabilities.

What Can Vision Therapy Train?

Vision training has the ability to sharpen a large number of skills that are required by children to read, write and spell effectively.? While some more traditional treatment is incorporated, notably those which promote eye coordination and focusing, the greater emphasis is placed on vision exercises which directly impact on a child?s visual skills and hence school performance.

So what are the areas which these visual therapies train, and how do these have an effect on a child?s ability to learn?? As someone who is designing and applying these ideas for my patients who have problems with how they learn, I am uniquely placed to be able to share exactly what we are targeting and how improving vision and visual performance can influence learning.

1. Focus:? Most kids use this in two main ways.? They must be able to change focus quickly and accurately, especially for tasks like copying off the board, and most importantly they need to be able to sustain it over a period of time, enabling them to concentrate for longer without getting sore or tired eyes, headaches or being distracted.

2. Eye Teaming:? We have two eyes, and they need to work as a team, both when they are relaxed looking at a distant object, and especially when they are converged when viewing a book or computer.? If they fight one another this causes stress on the vision system and symptoms like double vision, suppressing one eye and reduced concentration on near work.

These are the more traditional treatment techniques that we incorporate into our vision training, but the true power of this program comes when we address the next areas?

3. Eye Movements or Tracking:? To read, kids must move their gaze across the page and confidently know that they are pointing to the next word in order to read well.? Inaccuracies in this skill cause them to misread words, skip words, skip lines or lose their place, and this skill responds extremely well to the right training.

4. Visualization or Visual Memory:? This skill is the very building block that we use to remember spelling words, and without it kids struggle to learn spelling, and regularly misspell words.? It is loads of fun to train, responds very well to our training methods and enables them to learn vast amounts of words quickly and easily, exploding their vocabulary by hundreds of words.? Learn this skill and spelling becomes easy!

5. Laterality and Directionality: Training these skills with our system reprograms the special map in a child?s mind and rapidly teaches them rights and lefts.? This usually entirely eliminates letter reversals, even in young children.

6. Eye-Hand Coordination and Bilaterality Training:? Using fun gross and fine motor activities we can help kids to have greater control of their pencil when they are writing, as well as improving their general coordination for sports and other activities.

7. Other Skills:? Our vision training also can also provide treatment for developmental deficiencies in areas like sequencing, coding, spacial awareness and figure-ground, all of which add essential skills to a child and help them improve in their reading, writing and spelling.

Programs we have designed are targeting the ability of children to learn effectively by training and improving their visual skills, and we have had an amazing success rate with our patients.? This is because vision therapy exercises are far more than traditional eye exercises, they are training kids for a lifetime of learning!

vision therapy at homeHave you ever thought about doing vision therapy at home?? If you have a child struggling with learning disabilities then you may have thought about attempting some sort of vision therapy at home, but perhaps you are not sure where to start.

As a behavioural optometrist I can assure you that doing vision therapy at home actually works.? I have seen hundreds of patients achieve excellent results after several months of therapy, improving their reading, writing and spelling abilities dramatically.? I have also seen parents start programs with all good intentions only to fade out, stop doing the exercises and give up on their vision therapy at home.? It cuts both ways at times!

Doing Vision Therapy at Home Requires the Right Psychology

I am no psychologist, but because vision therapy at home is often a long process of 6 to 8 months, clearly there are some psychological factors which can help you complete the program.

Attempting a course of vision therapy at home requires motivation, consistency and a cooperative child, but most parents indicate that their child with learning difficulties is anything but cooperative at homework time!? How do you stay motivated and how do you keep your child coming back for more?

I have designed vision therapy at home to meet these psychological stresses head on, because just writing the therapies is not enough.? My task a behavioural optometrist is to make the journey enjoyable for both parents and children, because working with kids yields better results than working against them.

Effective Home Vision Therapy Needs These Characteristics

1. Consistency: To be effective, vision therapy at home must be consistent.? In our case we ask parent to commit 20 minutes a day every school day, so it ties in nicely with homework.? We also recognize that parents lead busy lives, so we automatically send a series of emails to remind them to stay on track.? Many parents have told me that, but for the emails, they would have been swamped and failed their child.

2. Achievement:? To be effective vision therapy at home has to encourage both the child and the parents that they are getting somewhere and achieving some sort of result.? For this reason we must start very simply, with easy tasks that the child finishes and says, ?Hey, I got that right, didn?t I??? As the tasks become slowly more difficult the child can look back on their past achievements and be motivated to take on the new tasks.? Remember, most kids with learning difficulties are used to failure and rarely feel they ever get things right at school!

3. Fun:? How do you encourage a child to do a series of tasks?? Make them fun!? Most of my vision therapy at home program consists of games of various sorts, and this motivates the children to try harder, especially if there is a score or time to beat from the previous day!? By making the tasks fun, parents can also enjoy the fun their child is having and everybody wins.? Most therapies you hear about are boring, so they are much harder to get a child to do!

4. Rewards:? Rewards are an important part of vision therapy at home, because I find a carrot is better than a stick for children.? Along the way we send our children small rewards they can download, and this makes the entire journey much more fun!

5. Results:? Above all results are the most important part of vision therapy at home.? It is no good having fun and achieving nothing (which is what many children?s games are like).? Our games are specifically targeting the skills they need to improve their learning, and when the child improves these skills their reading, writing and spelling results go up accordingly.

Training eye movements makes reading smoother, stopping misreads and the skipping of lines.? Improving visualization helps them to absorb spelling words more effectively (that?s why they are called sight words). Training directionality teaches the child special awareness and stops letter reversals.? Training focusing helps them to copy off the board without mistakes.? All of these are helped by the right exercises id they are done consistently over a period of months.

So parents don?t get bored or discouraged about your child with learning disabilities.? Get motivated, get psyched and get your hands on vision therapy at home that is fun, challenging and effective!

vision and learningIs there a link between learning and vision?? If you can see the print, is that the extent to which vision is useful, or does the process of learning require more than just the ability to see print?

When some Optometrists test a child with learning problems, the result often conveyed to parents is something along the lines of, ?This child has 20/20 vision?, or ?This child sees perfectly well.?? The underlying implication is that, if a child can see, they should be able to learn, but anyone who has worked with learning disabilities as long as I have realizes that nothing could be further from the truth!

Learning and Vision are Related

Let?s be clear from the outset, sight and vision are different.? Whether a child can see the print or not; that is sight.? But vision goes way beyond this, because vision is not only how a child sees, but how they interpret, understand and absorb the visual information.

Let me illustrate.? I am a fairly intelligent guy, university trained and quite experienced in life.? My distance vision is good (20/20 at least), yet on a recent trip to Singapore, I saw a street full of signs in Chinese, and I could not understand ANY of them!? Not even one.? In fact, I could not even attempt to pronounce them.? I saw them, but I don?t understand Chinese.

In a sense, I don?t have the code for the written Chinese language.? I can see it, but I cannot understand what the symbols mean.? I can even copy it, but it is without meaning to me.? And for many children with learning problems, they experience something similar with English words.

Improve Vision and Learning Can Improve Too!

If a child sees the print, I cannot really improve their sight.? But if a child struggles to hold their focus, or coordinate their eyes as a team, or if they cannot remember the code or symbols, these we can help with.? If a child cannot move their eyes efficiently, misreads or misunderstands words, or even if they struggle to concentrate on reading, these we can help.

If we can help the child to view information and absorb it comfortably and efficiently, then we can certainly improve their reading, writing and spelling.

This is the domain of a behavioural optometrist, and this the profession that I have passionately pursued, because I want to make a difference in the lives of children with learning disabilities.

If we can help a child with their vision, as opposed to just their sight, then we can help them overcome incredible odds when it comes to learning.

Improving vision can often be the key to solving learning problems, and my joyous task as a behavioural optometrist is to help children improve their vision and learning together.

Vision and Learning Problems

vision and learningVision and Learning are closely related, with vision being the dominant sense in the classroom and the main way in which new information comes to a child.? Yet it is one of the most frequently overlooked facets of a child?s learning experience!

Behavioural Optometrists believe that vision is an easy and obvious place to start when trying to find help for a child?s learning problems.? Most often, it has very little to do with whether a child can see the print.? The bigger issue is how they take in, process and understand the letters and words they are seeing.

There?s more to Vision and Learning

Most optometrists measure sight, and proclaim a child fit to learn if they can see the print and are not long or short sighted.? I hear phrases like, ?My child has 20/20 vision,? which means they can see the words, but can they flow, can they understand and can they actually read?

There is far more to vision and learning than just being able to see.? I see perfectly well, yet I visit a Chinese city and despite a University education, despite a reasonable intelligence and good vision, I cannot understand the signs!? I can?t even try and pronounce them, yet I see them!? Clearly there is more to learning and reading than just seeing!

The fact is I cannot understand Chinese.? I don?t know the code, so the symbols are meaningless to me.? Children with learning disabilities can experience this with the words they try to understand, so a true test for vision and learning must go far beyond just a child?s seeing ability.

A True Test of Vision and Learning

When Behavioural Optometrists like me examine children, we want to go beyond the simple prescription and seeing ability of the child.? We will look at how the child?s visual system balances as they read, how they move their eyes across the page, how they coordinate their eyes as a team and how they understand and interpret the symbols on a page.

Our aim is to examine HOW the child learns, and how they use the visual skills that are essential for good learning.? Now most kids develop these during grade school, but children with learning problems often fail to develop or under develop these skills.? The best news of all is that using a combination of special lenses and targeted eye exercises (vision therapy) we can improve these basic building blocks of vision and learning.

The result is that we can have a significant impact on a child?s learning ability if we perform the right eye tests with your child, and use the right glasses or therapy to help them.

The Eye CU Difference

At Eye CU, we want to go further and help your children, especially if they are struggling with their learning.? We do this because we care, and because we want to improve your child?s ability to learn effectively.? We do it because we are passionate about it.

We do this because we believe there is a strong relationship between vision and learning, and our calling is to maximize the potential of all children, even if they are struggling with learning problems.

short sightedness in childrenThere is little doubt that the amount of short sightedness in children is rapidly increasing right across the world and most experts believe that the reason for this is the amount of near and particularly screen based activity children are now doing.

We can see short sightedness rising, but conventional optometry offers little in the way of trying to prevent short sightedness in children.? The basic plan for most optometrists is, ?Just wait until you are blurry, and then I will give you glasses for seeing distances.? However, what they don?t tell you is that, if we follow conventional treatment, there is an extremely high chance that the prescription will increase every year as the child grows, and that their dependence on their glasses will also increase.

In essence, we are growing myopic or short sighted kids, and millions of children are destined for full time dependence on glasses or contact lenses, or even laser surgery.

But as a behavioural optometrist, I am passionate about combating short sightedness in our kids, and have discovered some amazing keys to helping this increasing condition.

So What is Short Sightedness?

Short sightedness occurs when the eye length is too long for the optics of the eye, so distant objects appear blurry, but near objects are clear and comfortable.? Traditionally, bookworms, computer geeks and anyone who concentrates for long periods of time may end up short sighted.? What we did not expect is that all of our kids would go shortsighted too!

With the invention of the smart phone, ipod, ipad and hand held games, children are doing more near centred activity in their day than ever before!? Ask any parent and they are likely to relate a story of how their kid can do amazing things on a computer or tablet, and how getting them to stop and go outside and play is a difficult task!

This is common right across the developed world, and while we all love the technology, we are creating a generation of short sighted kids.

How to Stop Short Sightedness in Children

While many mechanisms are responsible for short sightedness, including everything from genetics to diet, I believe that the biggest factor is the amount of near work children now do, and this is one area we can fight back with!

Asking your child to do less reading or screen based work (or games!!!) is probably not going to happen, but protecting their eyes as they do it can definitely happen.? Remember, the aim is to stop the progression of the condition, and taking pressure of kids as they do close work is a great starting point.

In practice, Darin uses reading glasses, bifocals, specialized myopia reducing contact lenses and eye exercises to get the best results, and he has a proven track record of stopping, and sometimes even reducing the short sightedness in kids

At Eye CU Optometrists, we aim to be the most innovative and holistic sunshine coast optometrist, especially in the field of children?s vision, and so Darin is constantly studying and researching better ways to deal with short sightedness in children.

He has just published a book of eye exercises that he uses every day with his patients, and already he is seeing encouraging results in short sightedness reduction and limitation.

So if you are looking for a sunshine coast optometrist who is stopping and even reducing short sightedness in children, we?ll see you at Eye CU Optometrists!

convergence insufficiencyConvergence insufficiency has long been linked to learning disabilities by Behavioural Optometrists like myself, but how does it relate to the child who is struggling to learn at school, and what is the mechanism that makes it so important?

What is Convergence Insufficiency and how is it Measured?

Convergence insufficiency is a condition where the convergence mechanism of vision, that is the ability to turn our eyes inwards in order to keep the near target single, is insufficient or underperforming.

This means that, for a distant object, the two eyes work well together, but it is a different story when it comes to looking at a near object such as a computer screen, a book, an ipad or a phone.? In this condition, the two eyes are unable to turn in sufficiently to do this near task, causing symptoms like eye strain, headaches and even double vision.? However, one of the most significant symptoms is poor concentration for reading tasks, and often reading and learning disabilities.

While many Optometrists do not even bother to test for this condition, Behavioural Optometrists spend quite a lot of time investigating this area and examining how it might be affecting learning and school performance.

 

What Happens During Reading?

 

As I have mentioned, convergence insufficiency means that our eyes do not turn in far enough, and have a great tendency to swing out at the earliest opportunity.? When a child is reading, they focus on a word, then they have to break their convergence to move to the next word.

What happens if, when they break and move, they eyes swing out?? Clearly the child has to? converge again onto the new word, and they have to do this for every word, reestablishing convergence time and time again.? This can slow a child?s reading to snail?s pace!

How do we Treat the Condition?

Convergence insufficiency can be treated in either of two ways? using reading glasses (also called support lenses) or using eye exercises.

Support lenses are the most popular way of treating this condition, because it is fast and usually very effective.? It?s simply a case of put the lenses on, and start reading.

Exercise on the other hand, take time and dedication to do, and most children find them boring.? That being said, I will frequently combine the two methods for maximum effectiveness, and we usually get a tremendous response from this type of treatment, especially when combined with other learning disabilities vision therapy techniques.

So if your child is struggling at school and if their learning and especially reading is poor, then a Behavioural Optometrist could hold the key.? Get your child assessed, and ask about the most effective ways to treat Convergence Insufficiency, because this is frequently an easy way to help a child with learning disabilities.

Vision Therapy ActivitiesVision therapy activities are used by Behavioural Optometrists around the world to help children develop their visual skills.? The aim is not so much to perform certain tasks in an office, but rather to help the child with learning disabilities or visual dysfunction and to aid them as they learn and develop through their schooling.

The big question is, ?Do vision therapy activities actually work??

What are the Vision Therapy Activities?

Concerned parents are always looking for ways to help their children, especially if their child is struggling at school.? Yet many so-called experts debate the effectiveness of vision therapy activities, without knowing what these activities actually entail!

As a behavioural optometrist for over 25 years, I have successfully used vision therapy activities to modify both the measurable visual performance of children and also their performance in the classroom.? However, I recognize that some activities suggested by optometrists hold little value for improving the school performance of children, even if they change our measurements.

Claiming that therapy activities do not work is like claiming piano lessons don?t work!?? We should not write off the entire profession because somebody did vision therapy activities and did not get a result.? I failed my piano lessons, yet clearly they seem to have worked for Billy Joel!

Why Most Vision Therapy Activities Cannot Fail!

There are definitely types of activities that cannot fail, and these are similar to guitar or piano lessons in that they teach children the skills they need to perform well in school.? What skills am I talking about?

I use vision therapy to train skills like eye movements and tracking, eye coordination and focus, visual memory for spelling, directionality for letter reversals and well known skills like sequencing, coding, etc.? These are used every day by people as they learn, and if they are underdeveloped for any reason, they the child is likely to suffer a learning disability.

These skills are developed naturally by school and learning activities over time, but what happens if they do not develop until Grade 8?? You have a child who might be very bright verbally but cannot read, write or spell very well.? They most often don?t have dyslexia or brain damage, they most often have simply failed to develop the skills they need to do the job properly.

Activities which concentrate on the visual skills every person in every culture uses to learn and read will definitely help a child with learning disabilities.? In fact, they simply cannot miss!

Vision therapies which focus on developing these essential visual skills almost always see improvement in a child?s learning ability.? In the same way that piano lessons will improve both a novice player and an expert, getting these skills right can have a major effect on a child?s ability to learn.

The great thing is that developing these skills is fun and enjoyable for the child!? I have produced activities which kids love doing, find challenging yet not overwhelming and have a fantastic success rate for helping children with learning difficulties.? They?re not weird, not boring and take around 6 months to help a child reach their full potential.? They don?t teach a child reading, but they provide the skills that child needs to be taught reading quickly and effectively.

Those which focus on developing the needed skills can be a powerful tool for helping your child learn more effectively.

 

Can Home Vision Therapy Help Learning Disabilities?

 

Vision therapy is becoming a popular way of helping children with learning disabilities.? The main problem with them is that they are prescribed by behavioural optometrists and are often very expensive (sometimes thousands of dollars).? They also often involve multiple and frequent trips to the optometrist to use sophisticated equipment.? Some simple activities are done at home, but questions are often raised about the effectiveness of home based therapies.

 

The Advantage of Home Therapies

 

I believe that home based therapy has several clear advantages over the in-office style.? Firstly, they can be done at any hour of the day or night, in any place in the world and do not require trips to the optometrist.? Secondly, they can be a lot less expensive because the valuable time of the optometrist or their assistants is not being used on a weekly basis.

But are they as effective as in office activities?

In some areas clearly they cannot be as effective because the advanced equipment is not available in your home. This is especially true for complicated eye conditions such as turned eyes or lazy eyes.? That being said, a simpler task performed every day is frequently more successful than a visit once or twice a week to an expert?s office.

The fact is that some therapies, notably those which help learning disabilities, can be easily and successfully done at home by parents, while others require greater expertise or equipment and should only be attempted by a behavioural optometrist.

So What Does Work at Home?

Some activities are extremely effective as home therapies, especially when it comes to learning disabilities and problems.? Tracking for example, which helps a child to move across a page correctly and not misread words or skip lines, is easily trained using home based techniques.? Visualization for spelling is another, as is directional training (to stop letter reversals), coding, sequencing and even focus and eye coordination.

As a behavioural optometrist myself, I have been effectively using these home based vision therapy activities to help children with learning disabilities for years and with the rise of the internet their effectiveness has become greater.

 

In my program I have utilized automatic emails to keep parents on track and gently ?nag? them into keeping up their schedule of therapies.? This has been very successful and can be reset at any time, helping to keep parents on track and children doing enough vision therapy activities to have a positive effect on their school performance.? Again, doing a lesser activity every day is often more effective that a complex one weekly.

When it comes to children with learning disabilities, a home based series of vision therapy activities is one of the most effective ways of helping because parents can do the therapies daily and at any time that works for them and their family.? Using the right activities more often can train the skills that a child needs to perform better in school, and I prove this with my patients on a daily basis!

When it comes to developing visual skills for learning, home based vision therapy activities are among the most effective tools I know for helping children with learning disabilities.

learning disabilities resourcesIf you are the parent of a child who is struggling with reading difficulties, you are probably searching for learning disabilities resources all the time, often with limited results.? Why is it that many learning disabilities resources seem to offer little other than the long, tortuous and painstaking frustration of making a child read over and over again.?? If reading is the main source of difficulty for a child, one has to ask the question, ?Are most learning disabilities resources missing the point??

Learning Disabilities Resources should be More than Repetition

If you have a child struggling with reading, writing and spelling, simply making them do more of the very task they hate and associate with failure is frustrating and discouraging for both them and you!

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same task over and over expecting a different result, and for many this sums up most learning disabilities resources!? Surely there is a better way to approach things which give some hope and encouragement to our children!

Learning Resources for Disabilities Can Build a Platform for Success

Effective resources must provide a platform for the success of a child struggling to read.? They need to build essential skills which enable reading success, and they need to be interesting, fun and provide a sense of achievement.? They cannot allow the child to fail and struggle, and they need to keep the child motivated to continue.

In short, the best way to provide learning resources that actually work is in the form and games and fun tasks, which somehow build up the skills that children need to succeed.? That is where vision therapy can provide a fantastic alternative to the traditional learning disabilities resources which involve repeated, painful and discouraging tasks.

Learning Disabilities Resources and Vision Therapy

For over 20 years I have been providing learning help using vision therapy, which is a series of targeted games and fun activities which most children love to do and which help to build essential visual skills.? These exercises and therapies train a child?s vision skills to help them learn more effectively and quickly.? These skills, such as focus, eye coordination, sequencing, coding, visual memory, hand eye coordination and eye tracking lay a groundwork to allow reading success, and they do this in a matter of months and with a lot of fun and enjoyment.

This means that we can provide the skills necessary for a child to read effectively, and do so in a fun and enjoyable environment rather than in a screaming match or tearful environment.? Vision therapy can be done at home, wherever you are in the world, and in a few months you could be seeing an amazing transformation in your child?s ability to read, write and spell.

If you then apply the more typical learning resources which involve repetitive reading, you will now find that your child has the basic skills necessary, and will start to improve rapidly rather than slowly.

This may sound crazy, but it is true in most areas of life.? We take our kids to football training to learn football skills, to tennis lessons top learn those skills and guitar lessons to learn guitar playing skills? so why not get the right training for your child?s reading skills.? Vision therapy can produce the right results if you take the time to do it correctly.? It is very often the missing link in learning disabilities resources.

reading help for childrenIf you are searching for a way to offer reading help for children it is often hard to have an idea where to start. As you would probably acknowledge, merely going over and over the same material endlessly does not actually provide reading help for kids, but rather it compounds the misery of their failure at reading, frustrating both children and parents. Surely there has to be a good way to provide reading help the children that sees proper results?

Reading Help for Children Must Begin at the Essentials

The reason so much of the reading assistance for children offered today is less than efficient is because it begins at a level that is too advanced. If you have a child with a learning impairment, then you will certainly be extremely keen to get that kid reading well as quickly as possible. For this reason, moms and dads plunge into reading programs which entirely overlook the basic of providing reading assistance for kids. You can not develop a strong house without a strong foundation, and you can not provide far-reaching reading help for children without resolving the fundamental concerns and skills that have fallen short in the reading process.

Reading Help for Kids Has to Build on the Fundamentals

This does not imply that we entirely forget words and sentences, because these are the foundation of reading. Nevertheless, if we lay a firm foundation in the basic skills that child needs to learn to read, the actual process of deciphering words and sentences and reading effectively will become easier in the long term.

If we want to offer effective reading assistance for children, we should start with the fundamentals then construct on the basics as the kid enhances their capability to read. Nevertheless, in our eagerness to provide reading help for kids, we usually jump to the 2nd phase and overlook the basics however in truth lay the groundwork for future reading success.

Reading Assistance for Kids Ought to Start With Putting together the Tools They Need to Read

So where do we start in providing reading assistance for kids that really works? As a behavioral optometrist for over 2 Decades, I believe that vision is an essential skill that needs to be established successfully in order for kids to read well. That’s why I have put together a program which trains the fundamental visual abilities needed in reading, and is an efficient way of developing these skills to offer lasting reading assistance for your child that will yield academic success for their whole life.

Visual abilities such as focusing, eye coordination, visualization, eye movements, sequencing, coding and a host of other skills can be developed rapidly and efficiently to provide reading help for kids with learning problems. I have shown in my own practice time and again that taking a short amount of time out from reading tutoring, and devoting it to the development of these important visual skills, can yield lasting success in reading, writing and spelling.

The success of the reading help for children provided by teachers and parents is greatly increased if the basic visual skills are trained effectively.? Once again, the laying of a proper foundation provides support for the structure that is built upon it, and the right vision therapy can provide that foundation to ensure long-term reading success.

 

So I would urge those of you who work with children with learning disabilities to not overlook the training of the basic visual skills, because these can then be an essential part of the academic success of the child you were caring for.

 

Combining the right type of vision therapy with traditional reading help for children could be the formula for success in learning disabilities that you are looking for.

learning disabilityIf you are struggling to help a child with a learning disability then the question of eye tracking when reading may have come up more than once.? Eye tracking refers to the ability of the reader to control their eye movements so that their eyes are pointing to the right place all the time when they are reading, and is frequently reported that a child with a learning disability also shows produced eye tracking ability.

What Causes a Learning Disability?

There are many possible causes of a learning disability, and poor eye tracking is known to be a possible contributory to it.? This is not to say that poor eye tracking or the inability to control eye movements effectively is the only cause of a learning disability, but it certainly can be partially responsible for a number of learning disability symptoms a child may display.

A learning disability has many causes, from brain difficulties and hearing problems right through to the area in which I work as a Behavioral Optometrist, the visual system!? Given that vision is the dominant sense used in the classroom, it follows that dysfunction in the visual system will often be a central cause in a child?s learning disability.

How Does Eye Tracking Contribute to a Learning Disability?

The control of your eye movements is an essential part of reading, so if a child cannot control their eye movements effectively, this can form the basis of a learning disability.

If your child is misreading small words, skipping lines and mixing up words, even though they know the words on the page, then they may have a learning disability that is centered around eye tracking.? If you find that they lose their place easily, and that using a finger under the words significantly helps their reading flow, then eye tracking is almost certain to be a culprit.

Reading with a ruler under the line or a finger under the words can help to relieve some of the symptoms a child with a learning disability may feel, but it does not solve the problem: it only provides a temporary solution to the learning disability!

How Can You Improve a Learning Disability Using Eye Tracking?

The great news is that, if your child has a learning disability in which eye tracking and movement plays a part, the situation is treatable!? I have been successfully reducing this type of learning disability for many years, using a combination of support lenses and, above all, vision therapy training for eye tracking.

Vision therapy consists of a series of exercises that you can do at home, wherever you are in the world, and see positive results in your child.? They are simple yet highly effective in smoothing out eye movements and allowing your child to track correctly when they read, thereby increasing reading speed and accuracy and even enjoyment!? These exercises have been clinically tested and proven to reduce misreading, line skipping and their losing place during reading , and they are a cheap yet potent way of seeing real improvement in your child?s reading ability, flow and concentration.

The right vision therapy targeting the visual skills necessary for reading could be the break through that you are looking for to help your child overcome a learning disability.