Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

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I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Was My Child’s Vision Exam Enough?

Comprehensive Vision Exam

So if I were to ask, “How many of you enjoy your child’s school conference with the teacher?” do you think I would get a large number saying that it is something they look forward to and enjoy? Probably not! For many parents of children that are struggling in school, it can be quite an […]

Medical Student Hates to Read? Adult Perspective on Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges - Vision Therapy

On so many occasions, I am asked about what types of individuals enroll in vision therapy. Many assume that it is just school aged children, who must have some learning disability or decreased IQ to cause them to be doing so poorly in school. This could not be further from the truth. We work with […]

School Day “Crutches” – Compensatory Behaviors

Reading - Visual Challenge

We recently had a young adult patient, who comes to us for vision care, describe a re-occurring experience that she would have while attending school. Typical to most classrooms, the teachers would require the students to take turns, going row by row, seat by seat, reading paragraphs out loud from the textbook. To some, no […]

Why the, “Homework Wars”?

Homework - Vision

“Homework, wars”! It begins with the moment your child comes in the door from school. Your first thought is, “What do WE have for homework tonight?” How many hours of tears, yelling and complete frustration will it take in order to attempt to complete the work that the teacher says should only be taking 30 […]

5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets

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No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye for sensory diet fun. Today’s Challenge: Wrapping paper Original Purpose: Wrapping gifts With Sensory Savvy Lenses: Free tools for fine motor, […]

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5 Ideas for Sensory Savvy Picture Book Experiences

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For learning, for pleasure and for consistent adult-child time, nothing seems to beat cuddling up to read picture books together.  However, sometimes sensory needs distort the ideal image of such read-together times. Some children cannot sit still long enough to finish a book.  Others cannot tolerate the closeness of cuddling.  Still others crave physical contact […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 2

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In Visual Perception Activities, Part 1, I explained how visual perception comes from combining visual skills with all other sensory modalities, including the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. I then provided activity ideas for working on visual perception using (1) form constancy and visual discrimination and (2) figure ground perception. Today I will present activity ideas […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 1

I-Spy

A.M. Skeffington, an American optometrist known to some as “the father of behavioral optometry”, believed that vision cannot be separated from the total individual nor from any of the sensory systems because it is integrated into all human performance. His model describes how visual processes mesh with auditory input, proprioception, kinesthesia and body sense. Visual […]

Recognising Sensory Overload

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Last week, I went to pick up some Chinese food at our local Chinese restaurant. While I was there, I noticed a little girl, probably aged about six, standing next to the lobster tanks near the door. She had her eyes tightly closed, her teeth were clenched and her hands were covering her ears. I […]

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