Dyslexia and Visual Processing Challenges — A Parent Guide
This article on Dyslexia and Visual Processing Issues from Understood.org discusses these two issues — and we have a far different perspective than most
- Dyslexia is seen as a problem with sounding out words and recognizing commonly used words
- Visual Processing Challenges are seen as a problem with how the brain interprets information — the chart and the bottom of the page shows the authors perception of the two.
- In our practice, we often see five things:
- A very high incidence of dyslexia and visual processing challenges occurring in the same child
- The visual processing challenges are quite real – see how a student with dyslexia and visual processing challenges read before and after treatment
- When both challenges exist, we see by far the best results when the dyslexia and visual processing challenges are addressed.
- Students with dyslexia and visual processing challenges are often a visual learner
- Students with dyslexia and visual processing challenges often benefit from an approach that teaches to the child’s strengths and addresses the visual processing challenges
If You Suspect Dyslexia and Visual Processing Challenges We Recommend
- First determining if your child is a visual learner
- Assessing for visual processing challenges
- Where your child is a visual learner with visual processing challenges. find a program that teaches to your child’s strengths and addresses the challenges
At 3D Learner, we offer a no cost Assessment that screens for a visual learner, visual processing challenges and other challenges — we recommend finding a time to do this with your child – just go to Success Assessment, you will get immediate feedback, and you can then call us at 561-361-7495 for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session
Dyslexia and Visual Processing Challenges
|What is it?||A learning issue that mainly affects reading. Dyslexia affects the way the brain processes language. It is not a problem with vision.
Kids with dyslexia often struggle with sounding out words and recognizing commonly seen words. They also may find it hard to isolate sounds, match sounds to letters or blend sounds into words.
In addition to reading, dyslexia can impact writing, spelling and even speaking.
|Kids with visual processing issues have trouble making sense of information taken in through their eyes. Like dyslexia, visual processing issues are not the same as vision problems. Visual processing issues can’t be corrected with glasses.
There are different types of visual processing issues. These include:
|Signs you may notice||
|Possible social and emotional impact||Not meeting expectations can make kids feel inadequate. Struggling academically, even though they’re working hard, can affect self-esteem.
Missing verbal jokes, sarcasm and subtle meaning in language can affect them socially. So can struggling to come up with the right word or a timely answer to a question.
|Getting lost easily, or struggling with tasks that others find easy, can undermine self-confidence.
Not enjoying or being good at sports can make it hard to fit in socially. Struggling academically despite trying hard can affect self-esteem.
|Therapies, approaches and technology that can help||
||Various interventions and strategies may help with visual processing issues, such as reading guide strips.
Depending on the area of weakness, a child might work with a developmental optometrist, occupational therapist or neuropsychologist.
You may hear about vision therapy, which some parents opt to use. But keep in mind that not all professionals view it as scientifically valid.
|Accommodationsthat can help||Dyslexia accommodations can include:
||Accommodations for visual processing issues can include:
|What you can do at home||