This article on Vision Therapy and Dyslexia: What You Need to Know correctly says that vision therapy does not cure dyslexia. We have met dozens of professionals who provide vision therapy, and none who said vision therapy cures dyslexia.
The article also says that vision therapy can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance. That is true, but one must recognize that …
we have seen dyslexia treatments that cost over $30000 that provided no real gains — far more than the cost of vision therapy.
At 3D Learner we have seen four conditions that often exist in students with dyslexia. These include:
- Many are visual learners, who need certain skills before phonics will work. As described in her book Upside Down Brilliance, Dr. Linda Silverman wrote:
“Phonics instruction does not need to be eliminated altogether, but sight word vocabulary needs to be built first. Then whole words or syllables can be compared and the pattern recognition capacities of the visual-spatial learner can be brought to bear”.
- Many of these students also have some combination of attention, eye-teaming and/or anxiety challenges
Dyslexia, Vision, Attention and Learning Difference Often Co-Exist
We have found there are many students who are visual learners with dyslexia. These students often have a combination of eye-teaming, attention and/or anxiety challenges.
At 3D Learner, we offer a Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference , eye-teaming and attention challenges. You should do this assessment with your child — their answers may surprise you.
Then you can call us for a no cost Stress to Success Strategy Session at 561-361-7495.