Is It Dyslexia or a Vision Issue or Dyslexia and a Vision Issue
Debbie Walhof., a pediatrician, shares her insights on the importance of identifying vision challenges in students with dyslexia and vision issues:
“It is important to remember that normal sight may not necessarily be synonymous with normal vision…That being said, if there is a vision problem, it could be preventing the best tutoring and learning methods from working. Now that certainly doesn’t mean every dyslexic child needs vision therapy, however in my opinion, skills such as focusing, tracking and others are essential foundational tools for reading”
Whether your child has dyslexia or learning disabilities, it is important to understand if there is also a vision related challenge.
We have also seen that many students with dyslexia learn differently and have either an attention and/or vision challenge.
There are many people who see the world quite differently:
– Many will argue that dyslexia is a problem with the sound symbol relationship. We would agree with that, but it is equally true that many students with dyslexia learn differently and they first need to understand the sight words (i.e. words like but, what, if, and etc. that do not create a picture), to recognize words seen but not mastered, and to visualize what he or she reads. We believe it is critical to screen for a learning difference, to see if your child learns best when your child sees and experiences information
– Many will argue that dyslexia and vision are two very different conditions. Again, we would agree, but there is one huge difference in our experience — we see dyslexia and vision challenges occurring in the same child in over 70% of the students with dyslexia we see. We believe it is equally important to screen for both a learning difference and an eye-teaming challenge. The presence of one, increases the likelihood that both might exist
– People often argue that eye-teaming issues and vision issues are often confused, but we see both occurring in over half the students we see.
In our practice, we focus on students who learn differently and :
– Over half the students we see learn differently and have both an eye-teaming and attention challenge
– A quarter learn differently and have an eye-teaming issue, without an attention challenge
– A quarter learn differently and have an attention issue, without an eye-teaming challenge
When a child is struggling, it is important to see if the child learns differently and has either an attention and/or eye-teaming issue.
Rather than try and answer which of these are true for your child.
Whether your child is gifted, a smart struggling student, or a child with dyslexia and/or learning disabilities, it is very helpful to screen for a learning difference and attention and eye-teaming challenge.
We have developed a Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference and an attention and/or eye-teaming issue.
We provide the assessment and immediate feedback at no cost and a strategy session to help you to see how you can help your child to achieve Success in Months Not Years