Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

accommodative insufficiency

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 […]

Resources for Addressing Visual Sensory Issues

visual sensory

Perceptual skills allow the brain to organize and interpret information that is seen, and give it meaning. Visual Form Perception Specifically, visual form perception involves the ability to recognize shapes from its background, the ability to choose objects that have the same shape but different size or position, the ability to identify symbols or objects […]

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Eyegames, Part 3: Behavioral Optometrist’s Evaluation

Optometrist evaluation

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! was co-authored by Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, and is a must read. This is a three part series based on this book, following our recent review, Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises. In Eyegames, […]

Eyegames, Part 2: Visual Perception Problems

Visual Perception Problems

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! was co-authored by Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, and is a must read. This is a three part series based on this book, following our recent review, Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises. In Eyegames, […]

Eyegames, Part 1: An Optometrist’s Perspective on Vision Therapy

eyegames vision therapy

 is a fascinating read for professionals and parents alike. Co-authored by Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, this book is a must read. It will literally open your eyes (pun intended) into an understanding of the visual sensory processing component that is interwoven with all the other senses. On the […]

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises

Eyegames Lois Hickman Rebecca Hutchins

Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, co-authored  to offer activities to improve vision. This short read and reference embarks on sharing insight about visual learning, beginning at birth, along with how vision proceeds to develop up until the child enters school. Vision, touch and movement are interconnected. “Integrating the sense […]

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