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VISUAL THERAPY

Vision therapy is a specialized treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. It assists children in optimizing their visual skills, including fixation, coordination between the two eyes, focusing, and more. This personalized program comprises activities that target the development of the visual system from its most primitive foundation, creating new neuronal connections through repetition. The ultimate goal is to achieve the greatest visual connection with the world, fostering understanding and optimization.

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VISUAL THERAPY FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN 

Developmental disabilities can significantly impact the visual system, including the eyes, brain, and visual pathways. If present, these challenges can compound a child's disability, affecting school, sports, and everyday tasks.

Individuals with developmental disabilities may not always undergo necessary functional vision screenings, potentially leading to overlooked vision issues. Some children with special needs may face challenges during standard eye exams, leading to potential inaccuracies. Additionally, lack of awareness about how vision should function may result in undetected vision problems persisting for years, as children may not communicate issues during exams.

SYMPTOMS OF UNDETECTED VISION PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN

  • Omitting or repeating lines when reading

  • Poor reading comprehension

  • Homework requiring more time than it should

  • Reduced visual attention

  • Difficulty completing assignments on time

  • Difficulty copying information from the board

  • Tilting head/closing one eye while reading

  • Having one eye that turns in or out

  • Avoiding near work

  • Unable to listen and look at a person simultaneously

  • Regularly knocking things over

  • Having motion sickness

  • Visual perceptual problems

If your child displays any of these symptoms, an undetected yet treatable vision problem may be the cause.

OPTIMISING THE ENVIRONMENT TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

In this blog you will find a series of guides, tips and strategies to improve the classroom environment to help enhance the learning of children with special needs.

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