Far beyond 20/20, our extraordinary sense of vision involves more than two dozen lesser-known skills that help us navigate our way through life. They are critical to a child’s overall development, and especially academic achievement. When one or more of these skills are not functioning optimally, our capabilities are compromised in ways we are often not aware of. When this occurs in a child, they may have an unrecognized vision problem that can greatly affect their ability to learn and succeed in school.
Astoundingly, vision-related learning problems affect 1 in 4 school-age children, yet knowledge about these types of vision problems is scant. Consequently, many children are not receiving the correct diagnosis and the help they need in order to succeed in school.
Many symptoms of vision-related learning problems can mimic other conditions, such as AD/HD and dyslexia. There are, consequently, countless numbers of children who are classified as special education students or are medicated, or both, who may be wrongly diagnosed. Few people are aware that a breakdown in the visual system can also be at the core of a learning disability. Because of this, the potential for misdiagnosis is enormous.
Vision-related learning problems can affect how efficiently a child uses his or her eyes to take in visual stimuli and process this information. Deficits in any one or combination of these areas can make it difficult for a child to keep up with learning and can decrease the stamina needed to complete assignments and classroom tasks. Stress on a child’s sensory system can bring about a multitude of symptoms.
At the present time, visual skills are not routinely and comprehensively examined to determine if a deficit is present and interfering with a child’s capacity for learning. These skills are not evaluated in the typical vision screening that utilizes only the Snellen eye chart, and often go unchecked. This method only identifies a mere 5% of vision problems in children. As a result, we are missing critical information about a child’s readiness for school.
The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning: Why Millions of Learning-Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed puts these little-known yet correctable vision problems in the spotlight, making this life-changing knowledge available to everyone. A groundbreaking book, it will offer hope and help to countless parents, teachers, pediatricians, therapists and child study teams seeking answers to the root cause of a child’s struggles.
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