Vision Therapy helps children with functional vision problems, often resulting in dramatic improvement in their ability to overcome the visual deficiencies and the special challenges they face. With the help of vision therapy, children with vision disorders experience significant improvements in reading, writing, spelling, math, classroom behavior, sports, social skills, and more.
To learn more about functional vision problems and vision therapy watch this webinar for parents.
Effective vision therapy includes an individualized and intensive program, in which patients work closely with trained therapists under the supervision of an optometrist who specializes in developmental and functional vision care.
One-on-one attention allows for immediate feedback that enables your child to actually recognize the difference in his or her performance, quickly improve self-esteem, and make significant progress in a relatively short period of time.
Your child’s vision therapy program should target and train skills that are most likely to have an impact on the unique learning and academic difficulties he or she is facing. The immediate goal should be to develop meaningful skills that will be used in daily activities, so that they will retain skills over the longterm.
Once you notice the improvement your child makes in vision therapy, you may wonder what you can do to enhance their progress at home.
At the Visual Learning Center, we encourage parental involvement and we require practice outside of office visits. Practicing at home is a cost-effective way to reinforce repetitious procedures and help transfer learned skills to everyday use.
We believe practicing at home contributes to the results our families are able to enjoy together, and parents report that it helps to mend and strengthen the relationship with a child that has been strained due to “homework wars” and getting into trouble at school (for “acting out” due to vision-related frustrations).
Click HERE to download our list of fun, age-appropriate activities that you can do at home with your child. This guide also includes a list of games, online resources, and apps.
Remember that these activities are intended to enhance a vision therapy program, not replace it. If you suspect your child has a learning-related vision problem, first contact a developmental optometrist to schedule a comprehensive functional vision exam. Only a trained professional can develop an appropriate course of treatment.
For even more activities, visit our resource center here.
If you you are located in Olney or Silver Spring, Maryland, contact Dr. Philip Nicholson’s office to schedule a functional vision exam today.