Vision therapy at home is a cost effective way of helping a child with learning disabilities. It involves training the visual skills required for effective learning, and can be a powerful ally in the struggle to help children to learn reading, writing and spelling. It presents unique problems for the optometrist, because they are not in control of every aspect, yet for parents it provides safe and convenient therapy that can have a major impact on their child!
The Advantages of Vision Therapy at Home
Not all vision therapy can be done at home effectively, because it requires equipment and understanding far beyond what the average parent can obtain. This is especially true of therapies which target huge visual problems like lazy eyes or turned eyes, especially if neurological problems are involved such as is often the case with eyes that turn inwards.
However, despite obvious limitations, there are many advantages of vision therapy at home for parents of children with learning disabilities. These advantages include…
It is Convenient: can be done at any time, without an appointment with an eye care professional. Some parents prefer the morning, some incorporate it with the child’s homework and some parents vary it according to their own shiftwork.
No Travel Required: With vision therapy at home, there are no appointments and no travel necessary to the doctor’s offices. It is done in the comfort of home, in surroundings a child knows, loves and understands and this can help with the effectiveness of the therapy.
It’s Available Everywhere: Millions of people in the world do not live near a behavioural optometrist and as such have no access to their services, including vision therapy. But home based therapies are available to parents anywhere in the world, at any time. They can visit their local optometrist for an eye test, then access specialized vision therapy at home to help their child’s learning.
It is Cost Effective: At a behavioural optometrist vision therapy may cost thousands of dollars over a number of months, including the visits, the homework and assessments. is often a much more effective product, so for the cost of six weeks in office therapy you are able to get an 8 month program, for example.
It is Transferable: is applicable to many children who have learning disabilities, and as such can be transferred to other children as well. With our program, many parents have involved the siblings of the child they are targeting and been able to see improvement in the learning abilities of all children, all for the same price.
It is Fun! As a parent do you enjoy spending time with your learning disabled child attempting to do homework? Is it fun, or is it a battle, possible even all-out war! From your child’s point of view, you are asking them to do something they hate and are no good at, after already spending the entire day at school doing stuff they hate and are no good at! Any wonder your child reacts with frustration and anger!
However, homework does not have to be like that! If you invest some time in training the skills your child needs to learn, you can make homework a time of the enjoyable pursuit of knowledge. Give them the skills they need and you can change their attitude to reading and homework. They will also feel they can do the tasks, and feel good about themselves and what they can achieve.
You asking them to do boring, traditional vision therapy at home cause pretty much the same response that homework does. That’s why I have spent years designing and researching fun ideas and games that kids want to be a part of, yet which successfully develop the skills they need to achieve at school.
So if the itch you currently have is to help your child do better at reading, writing and spelling, then the right type of vision therapy at home could be the answer you are looking for!