Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Often Come with Attention & Eye-Teaming Issues
Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, ADHD and Eye-Teaming Issues often co-exist in the same child. We reviewed the last ten psycho-educational reports we received for students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Eye-Teaming issues. Learning and Attention issues were noted in 9 of the 10 reports and eye-teaming issues were noted in two of the reports.
Learning Disabilities or Dyslexia and ADHD are well accepted conditions. Dyslexia was frowned upon for years, but now dyslexia is being used more and more and learning disabilities is used in schools to qualify students for special education services.
Eye-Teaming issues are not well accepted. In this article from the New York Times, “Concocting a Cure for Kids with Issues“, Judith Warner presents both sides of the equation.
As professionals who deal with students with learning, attention and eye-teaming issues we have a far different perspective than those in the learning, ADHD or vision therapy world, since we strive to identify and address all three issues.
Since we work with students from all over the country, we have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Applebaum, the behavioral optometrist from Bethesda, Maryland, who is featured in this article. Dr. Applebaum is an excellent behavioral optometrist and if everyone was like him, we suspect that vision therapy would have a far better reputation.
We see three challenges for the large number of students with learning, attention and vision related issues:
1- Too often a parent initiates the process with a professional who has a tendency to see the world their way
– Frequently, a report may find a child with learning and attention issues — and sometimes they are labeled with learning disabilities and dyslexia and ADHD
– More traditional optometrists may just prescribe glasses
– Ophthalmologists may recommend surgery, but rarely recommend vision therapy. One local group of ophthalmologists did hire an orthoptist, a professional who does vision therapy under the care of an ophthalmologist, after realizing how many of their patents had convergence insufficiency, where the eyes do not team together, and seeing the benefits of treatment
2- Schools tend to test for learning disabilities and ADHD, but their vision screening is rarely what is needed to identify eye-tracking issues — where a child skips words and lines when reading
3- The vision therapy world has not produced the research that the scientific community is used to for medical efficacy
4- Learning disabilities and dyslexia are often identified, but what is missed is that their child learns differently and is a right-brain learner who might benefit from a right-brain program. Right-brain programs tend to be more hands-on, and teach the students the foundational and visualization skills the child will need, before phonics will work.
5- Dyslexia Treatments and school-based initiatives often do not address the attention and/or eye-teaming issues
6- Too often articles dismiss the vision issues as if they do not exist – we can assure you they do
At 3D Learner, we want to help every parent to first understand their child and to screen for : a learning difference, and if your child learns differently and is a right-brain learner; an attention issues, whether it is ADHD or a milder attention issues; an eye-teaming issue.
Mira Halpert, M.Ed. the 3D Learner Program (R) developer has:
– Written a book, “Life is a Ball, Do Not Put Me in a Box”, and we make a downloadable version available to you
– Developed a success assessment that screens for a learning difference, attention and eye-teaming issues
– Developed an integrated solution to help students with learning difference and attention and/or eye-teaming issues
We would like to make both of these available to you at 3D Learner.