VISION THERAPY- Will it really help my child in the classroom?

Written by: Ashley Coley, COVT

VISION THERAPY- Will it really help my child in the classroom?

75%-80% of the information learned in the classroom is remediated through the visual system.

Do you know someone who is struggling in the classroom and you have been unable to determine the root cause? Have you tried reading or math tutoring with little improvements in academic performance? Do you know someone who dislikes reading and has developed a dislike for school (or particular subject)?

The answer is YES! Vision Therapy helps train and develop an efficient visual system that will enable any student to reach higher levels of success in the classroom while also building confidence (which is always a plus)!
An efficient visual system requires adequate binocular vision skills (eye-teaming), accommodation skills (eye focusing), and accurate oculomotor skills (eye movement). If any of these areas are deficient, a student will struggle with learning in a classroom and they must work harder than their peers just to keep up.

Taking in the information (visual stimuli):

BINOCULAR VISION SKILLS (eye teaming): Adequate binocular vision skills are necessary for students to keep letters and words single on the page. Binocular vision skills are also important for proper depth perception which is crucial for navigating the world we live in.

ACCOMMODATION SKILLS (eye focusing): Proper accommodation skills are necessary for keeping letters and words clear on the page or whiteboard. There are two types of accommodative skills that are important and they include ACCOMMODATION AMPLITUDE and ACCOMMODATIVE FACILTY.

Accommodative Amplitude– This skill is necessary for a student to sustain clarity over an extended period (especially for prolonged reading). If a student has reduced accommodative amplitude abilities, he or she may experience a headache or fatigue while reading.

Accommodative Facility– This skill is necessary for a student to transition his or her focus from the board to their desk and back to the board. If this skill is reduced, the student will experience fatigue as well as fall behind in class due to delay in their focusing abilities.

OCULOMOTOR SKILLS (eye movements)- Oculomotor skills are necessary for efficient and fluent reading. Reading involves very precise and symmetric left to right saccadic eye movements.

In addition to ensuring the visual mechanics are performing as efficiently as possible, it is equally important for the brain to make sense of the information (visual stimuli). These important skills are know as Visual Processing skills.

VISUAL PROCESSING skills are essential for a student to be able to make sense of the information learned in a classroom. Some of the visual processing skills include: visual spatial skills, visual analysis skills, visual memory and sequential memory, visualization, processing speed and visual motor integration.

Vision Therapy focuses on making sure the mechanics of the visual system are working efficiently to take in the information presented in the classroom, as well as develop the visual processing skills to make sense of the information in a timely manner.

Vision Therapy has helped students around the world to reach higher levels of success in the classroom. Contact us today to have your child evaluated. We can create a custom treatment plan tailored to your student’s vision deficiencies.

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