Vision is much more than simply seeing clearly
Research has shown that 60% of children with learning difficulties have problems using their two eyes together. There are many children in our classrooms that have 20/20 or 6/6 vision eyesight but cannot maintain/ sustain that 6/6 clarity for more that a few minutes at a time.
- Is your child struggling in school to keep up with their reading/ spellings?
- Do they avoid reading, colouring, puzzles, and jigsaws?
- How are their ball skills? Are they labelled as clumsy?
Imagine a competent and healthy child, with an active mind, who could do a complicated maths problem and discuss the 1916 Easter Rising in detail, yet their reading is slow and tedious. Homework taking hours and reading leading to blurred vision headaches and the child finally crying out “I’ve read it and read it—and I still can’t understand it all”.
Children with any level of learning difficulties very commonly have undiagnosed and untreated vision problems. Behavioural optometry can help resolve many of these problems. At the very least, parents of children with learning problems should have their children examined by a behavioural optometrist to determine whether or not visual problems exist.
A typical Behavioural Optometry Assessment can take up to 1½ hours to complete. It covers all areas of vision including eye health, visual acuity, eye dominance, colour vision, eye movements, focussing skills, eye teaming ability, visual perception, visual integration with movement, perception, left-right awareness and directionality, peripheral/ spatial awareness, handwriting, letter/ number reversals, tracking and more….
Further Information can be found on the BABO Website.