One out of every six children is two or more grade levels behind in reading, and 80% of these children are having difficulty with control and coordination issues.
It’s important to explain that there is a distinction between sight and vision. If you have always thought of these terms as the same, you’re not alone. The vast majority of parents believe that getting their children’s “sight” checked will rule out “vision” problems. Actually the two are exclusive.
When getting your child’s sight checked by your local optometrist, typically he or she will utilize the standard Snellen Eye Chart with the gradually decreasing font size. The goal for this test is to measure your child’s “sight” based on a top performance of 20/20.
Vision: A Set of Abilities
Vision is actually looking at your child’s ability to organize and interpret information that is coming to them visually. This makes it quite probable that your child has been diagnosed with 20/20 sight even though your child could have a vision disorder.
As with learning to walk, you child’s vision development occurs in a phase over time. One visual skill builds on top of another until your child’s visual skills are complete. It’s not uncommon, however, for people to miss a step or to not completely develop a step.
80% Visual Input
Science tells us that up to 80% of all of the information that humans receive comes to us visually. Obviously, our “visual” development is critical for our entire learning and personal development success.
If your child’s visual development is not yet complete, the visual input that they are receiving is distorted. The behaviors, then, are not consistent with a child who is receiving un-distorted visual input.
Quite frequently, the behavior that you will first identify will be underachievement. This underachievement could manifest in the classroom, on the sports field or possibly in the area of discipline.
It’s Not That I’m Dumb
Vision therapy consists of a series of therapy sessions that will focus on increasing your child’s visual skills such as having both eyes move, align and focus together. This will increase their ability to interpret the information that is coming to them visually.
Quite often, children with vision development disorders are actually quite intelligent, they just can’t get their vision to give them the proper information for them to learn from. We are experts at making sure your child has all of the support and treatments that he or she needs to fix his or her vision, and you will receive all of the information you need to help your child at home.
For more information, visit the Vision Therapy website.