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Visual Processing

"The role of the optometrist in the multi-disciplinary approach is to assess the child's visual abilities. Attempting to function in the academic environment with poor visual abilities may result in fatigue, short attention span, avoidance of near work, slower performance, and reversals or transpositions. Deficient eye-hand coordination can result in sloppy or tedious handwriting which will interfere with a child's ability to express thoughts in writing." Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE)

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Vision Therapy is controversial...
The next few articles and research references present two sides of the controversy: that of doctors of optometry, and that of doctors of ophthalmology.  Both sides claim scientific research supports their position...
Pediatrics and Binocular Vision American Optometric Association
The pro: This committee develops programs and materials relating to pediatric care, the diagnosis and management of binocular vision and perception problems, and the utilization of optometric vision therapy. What is vision therapy?...
American Academy of Pediatrics: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision: A Subject Review  
The con: Learning disabilities are common conditions in pediatric patients. The etiology of these difficulties is multifactorial, reflecting genetic influences and abnormalities of brain structure and function. Early recognition and referral to qualified educational professionals is critical for the best possible outcome. Visual problems are rarely responsible for learning difficulties. No scientific evidence exists for the efficacy of eye exercises ("vision therapy")...
New York Times Report on Vision Therapy
This summary on the COVD site includes links to the original NYT article and comments, as well as links to the American Optometric Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines...
College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
Professionals answer questions including "What is Vision Therapy?" and "Vision and Learning"
Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE)
20/20 vision is not enough!  Current research indicates that approximately 1 out of 4 children have vision problems which interfere with their ability to achieve
Professionals compiled by Carolyn K.
Need an audiologist, educational therapist, developmental optometrist for your gifted child?  These professionals have been recommended by other parents and professionals...

Last updated September 28, 2015

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