It can cause symptoms of ADD/ADHD, dyslexia or other learning disorders. Research indicates that 8 out of 10 juvenile delinquents have this problem.
Children with this condition have difficulty in school and oftentimes, have behavioral problems associated with it … so what is this problem that can cause so much pain and disharmony in life?
It’s an EYE DISORDER and not just any eye problem either! It is the root cause of so many behavioral problems, and can impact an otherwise healthy child’s life in a most profound way. 20% or more of the general population and up to 85% of the special education population have this condition and most don’t know it – reports the National Eye Institute.
Often this can go on unchallenged unless it is properly diagnosed, and only a specially trained optometrist called a Developmental Optometrist can diagnose it. It takes a special type of vision therapy to correct it.
Vision Therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for the conditions of the visual system including strabismus, amblyopia, “lazy eye,” binocular vision disorders, focusing problems, tracking deficits, and visual processing dysfunction. Many individuals who have been diagnosed with ADD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and brain injury have undiagnosed visual skills problems. When Vision Therapy is used to remediate the visual dysfunctions, significant improvements in performance (i.e. academic, sports, behavioral) tend to follow. In a majority of cases, diagnoses such as ADD and dyslexia are no longer applicable – as explained by Dr. Snider.
Dr. Sharon Snider is a Developmental Optometrist – she received her doctorate from the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry in 1983. Dr. Snider lectures frequently to educators, healthcare professionals, and parents on a variety of topics including learning-related visual disorders, traumatic brain injury, autistic spectrum disorders, and multisensory deficits.
Some of the symptoms you might see and many times you may have to ask the child this because the parent doesn’t know either, but if you have a child that complains that their eyes burn or feel strange after they read just a little bit that generally indicates something is going on visually. If their vision gets blurry when reading. If they get headaches or stomach aches when they read. If the letters or numbers run together or move when reading. Some children will report seeing double but generally you have to ask them do you ever see double when you read because they think everybody does so I bring it up. If a child fatigues real quickly when reading or gets belligerent when reading or wants to start bartering you read a page and I’ll read a page. That’s usually an indicator that there’s something going on with their neuro motor stamina. If their reading comprehension decreases with time. If they often lose their place or omit words when reading. Some children just avoid reading. They’re not interested in it at all and they avoid it successfully. Other children may skip words or lines or have to reread lines or occasionally you’ll have a child that you’re sitting with them and you’re trying to listen to them read and the book is constantly moving they’re pulling it closer and pushing it away and turning it on its side and what they’re doing is they’re trying to get their book in a position to whether it’s either in focus or their eyes are comfortable.
The child is under a lot of stress and it’s from a visual stressor. There may be some other stressors that are going on but it can just be basically their brain function. They’re struggling so hard to make sense of what they’re doing. We’ll have some children that if they’re reading they can’t listen to you at the same time. – Dr. Sharon Snider
“IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU HAVE SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES ANY LITTLE THING CAN BE A BURR IN THE SADDLE.” DR. SHARON SNIDER
Learn more about Dr. Sharon Snider and VISION THERAPY:
Please note that Dr. Snider will be speaking at the Christian Home Education Fellowship (CHEF) of Alabama June 24-25, 2016, at the Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information you can visit their website at www.chefofalabama.org
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