Eighty percent of learning is visual.
Many children and adults continue to struggle with learning in the classroom and the workplace.
Advances in information technology, its expanding necessity, and its accessibility are placing
greater demands on people for efficient learning and information processing.
Learning is accomplished through complex and interrelated processes, the most important to learning is vision.
Determining the relationships between vision and learning involves more than evaluating eye
health and visual acuity (clarity of sight). Problems in identifying and treating people with
learning-related vision problems arise when such a limited definition of vision is employed.
A vision evaluation of a child with reading or learning challenge should explore more than eye health and acuity alone. Visual scanning, visual tracking skills, focusing, eye alignment, visual perceptual skills, visual information processing and integration are critical to the reading and learning process.
Eye Movement Skills for speed and control of scanning of learning materials; such as keeping one’s place and processing (decoding) the words on the page when reading and comprehending the information.
Eye Teaming Skills are necessary to have both eyes working together. Coordinating the paired muscles of the eyes is developed over time and can be improved through practice and appropriate developmental and therapeutic experience.
Eye – Hand Coordination proficiency requires the integration of what is seen to direct the hand and/body to perform a task. Vision is “What we do with what we see!”
Perceptual Skills allow us to discriminate size, shape, texture and location of the world around us. In addition, decoding symbols used in written language starts with understanding of images and pictures. The skill of using visual imagery allows the child to relate primary experiences to the pictures and words on the printed page. A child who lacks experience (readiness) can demonstrate rapid improvement in discrimination of symbols by using pencil or crayon to draw them out for reinforcement and clarification.
Many children with learning-related vision problems have 20/20 distance eyesight, but have greater difficulties doing visually demanding tasks within arm’s reach.
If you suspect there is a vision problem impairing your child’s reading and academic success please call the office to arrange a comprehensive evaluation at (716) 871-0074