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Vision Therapy: How to Improve Vision Skills at Home

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.

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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.

Vision Therapy Exercise: Discrimination Orientation Arrows Activity

If your child struggles with determining the correct letter orientation — or reversing letters when writing — due to a visual processing skills deficiency, vision therapy exercises can help.

Discrimination Orientation Arrows (DOA) is a vision therapy activity that develops visual discrimination, which is a skill essential in determining correct letter orientation and preventing letter reversals among students with learning-related vision problems.

In this activity, students work with a sheet of paper that contains a series of arrows, which are pointing in various directions. The vision therapist asks students to look at the sheet and indicate which direction each arrow is pointing, by saying “left” or “right” while the eyes are moving across the page.We encourage students to start slowly and allow for mistakes and self-correction to build their confidence.

This activity seeks to mimic the process of selecting a direction for each letter while writing.  “Should d point right or left? Should b point left or right? Which direction should I write q? Which direction should I write p?”

With practice, the outcome children enjoy is that they begin to catch their mistakes faster, reduce the frequency of errors, and dramatically boost their self-esteem. As the student improves, we incorporate a metronome into the activity and they use the beat to enhance deeper comprehension of discrimination orientation skills, until they become second nature. Soon, they will be writing b, d, q, p, etc. correctly, and with confidence.

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Discrimination Orientation Arrows activity in progress and download a Discrimination Arrows activity packet here.


Should you wish to learn more about this vision therapy activity for letter reversals or schedule an appointment with Visual Learning Center in Olney, Maryland, contact us today at (301) 570-4611.