Visual Therapy for Children Can Help Learning Disabilities
Visual therapy for children may hold some keys if you are interested in helping children with learning disabilities.
You may not realize it, but over 80% of all information a child takes in is through the visual system, making vision the key sense used in the classroom. This is why vision therapy for children can be one of the most effective types of therapy for children who are struggling at school.
What is Visual Therapy for Children?
While there are many types of therapy children struggling at school can receive, including speech, occupational and behavioural therapy, visual therapy for children consists of a series of visually based exercises designed to improve the effectiveness of vision. For most of these children, the issue is not blurred vision but rather are they using their visual system to its maximum capacity for learning.
Vision therapy for children develops the skills that they need to learn effectively. Sure, most children develop these skills in the end, but if they are significantly delayed for year then the learning potential of the child is severely reduced.
What Skills Does Visual Therapy for Children Enhance?
Over a period of several months (that’s right, not years, only months), visual therapy for children can develop skills like focusing, eye coordination, eye tracking, visualization, coding and sequencing. These skills have very little to do with just seeing the print, but have everything to do with understanding, recognizing words, flowing in reading and the like.
Visual therapy for children helps them to develop the skills that they need to read, write and spell effectively. This type of program can be made fun with lots of games, so the kids can really enjoy what they are doing as they develop the skills they need to learn.
Can It be Done at Home?
The great news is that visual therapy for children can be done at home. Many Behavioral Optometrists offer expensive, in-office programs, and these can be very effective, but many of the exercises can be performed very effectively at home. In my office, I coordinate an extensive 6 month home program of visual therapy and we are getting the best results I have ever seen.
The real power of a home based program is that it can be done every single day. It does not require time set aside to travel to an office, but it can be efficiently pursued each day, allowing lots of small steps of improvement.
Learning disabilities are frequently visually based, and when they are an effective home program of therapy for children works very well.