The symptoms of many vision problems can mimic disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD. As Rosen, a mom and a teacher, capably explains, that’s one reason why it’s a big deal if eyesight issues go undetected. She learned this fact when she found out that her own daughter fell below grade level in written expression. It turns out that she had a previously undiagnosed condition that caused her to see double, which made it difficult for her to track lines of print on a page. Rosen primarily reports on research findings, but in an all-too brief appendix, “Sharing Stories,” she relates the experiences and thoughts of children and parents. For example, after treatment, Jeffrey says, “I can read more, and I am better at baseball. I can see the board at school easier, and I can read without my eyes hurting.” This well-presented, scholarly effort is rich in information, and parents and teachers of children with disabilities will find it useful.
This is a book that should be read by every school psychologist, clinician, pediatrician, and all other professionals working with children in a diagnostic or therapeutic capacity. You will learn, as I did, that there is much more to vision than meets the eye, and that we must understand far more than visual acuity if we are to understand how children are functioning. Until these conditions are recognized and addressed, we will continue to err in the labeling and treatment of many childhood problems. This book will open your eyes to your eyes, and to those of your children.
— Maurice J. Elias, PhD, professor of clinical psychology, Rutgers University, author of “The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students' Social, Emotional, and Character Development”
This book is a terrific introduction to children's vision. It considers vision and visual problems much more fully than is customary, and in a way that parents and educators can easily understand. Moreover, it discusses vision as it occurs in the whole child--a living, breathing, thinking, feeling child who is coping with the real world. As such, the book makes a valuable contribution to the child development literature.
— William Crain, Professor of Psychology, The City College of New York, and author of "Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications"
Vision is so much more than seeing, as we learn in this highly informative and provocative book. In understanding the role of vision in the reading process, the whole child must be taken into consideration, and developmentally appropriate practice must guide it. Reading is more than decoding words. This book is a must-read for all early childhood educators.
— Marcy Guddemi, PhD, executive director, Gesell Institute of Child Development, New Haven, CT
Wendy Beth Rosen has brought together an impressive amount of information pointing to the importance of early comprehensive visual testing and therapy that will impact the lives of so many children, families, the educational system, and even the national economy. This is a must read for parents, educators, health professionals, lawmakers and anyone committed to a better future through our children.
— Carla Hannaford, PhD, biologist, author, and international consultant
In The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning, Wendy Beth Rosen has made an important addition to the ongoing effort to get America’s children the vision care they need. The importance of this effort cannot be understated: If a child is not able to see to read, that child will not be successful in school and in life. Vision comes before learning.... Read this book, rejoice in its clarity, and give it to all the teachers and parents and school administrators and pediatricians and politicians you can buttonhole. We – as a country, as parents, and as educational and medical practitioners of all kinds – can fix this problem, just as soon as we acknowledge its existence.
— Vision Development & Rehabilitation
Wendy Beth Rosen has written a fascinating and important book on a topic too often overlooked: the connection between vision and learning. I certainly didn’t know that there is a difference between vision and eyesight, that there’s more to vision than 20/20, or that millions of children struggle in school due to undiagnosed vision problems. Parents and teachers alike need to read this eye-opening book!
— Rae Pica, author, “What If Everybody Understood Child Development?”
When Wendy Rosen couldn’t figure out why her bright, eager-to-learn daughter was struggling in elementary school, she set out to find answers. And find them she did: in a little-diagnosed and little-understood vision-related learning problem that affects an untold number of other children as well. In The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning, Rosen brings her parental love and determination, as well as her teacher knowledge and experience, to the lucky ones who will benefit from her research, her stories, and her advice.
— Sara Bennett, co-author, “The Case Against Homework”, founder, Stop Homework
Written by an education consultant, this marvelous book offers unique insights on why the association between vision and learning has remained hidden. More than a commentary on a system that has failed our children, Ms. Rosen’s diligent research and accessible prose will benefit countless numbers of parents and educators.
— Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD, optometric director, The Vision & Learning Center
Bravo Wendy Rosen! Her book, The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning, is going to help many children get the help they need. The book takes the reader (hopefully parents and teachers of children who are struggling in school) through a logical progression in understanding the relationship between vision and learning.... Thank you Wendy Rosen, for encouraging so many to get involved and reminding us why it is important and how much is at stake.
— Mindsight, the COVD Blog
[W]e are [big fans] of Wendy Beth Rosen’s new book.... It’s almost as if everything we’ve ever wanted a non-optometrist to write about vision and learning is encapsulated here.... [Y]ou must read this book cover to cover.... I can’t imagine a more authoritative looking book, with such well-researched content, that you could possibly give anyone to enlighten them about or provide reinforcement about what you do.
— The VisionHelp Blog
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