Vision is a key sense in the classroom and plays a major role in reading, spelling, writing, board and computer work. Students tackle these tasks all day long, day after day. Each requires the visual skills of seeing quickly and understanding visual information that is frequently less than an arm’s length from the eyes.
You may have clear eyesight or wear glasses to correct your sight, however that is not all that is required for close vision tasks. Students must have a variety of scanning, focusing and visual coordination skills for learning and for deriving meaning from reading. If visual skills have not been, or are poorly developed, learning may become more difficult and stressful. The student you know is intelligent, or able to excel in one subject but is not able to sustain this for long periods and transfer these skills to other areas in an academic environment.
Visual stress reactions can manifest in many ways and most of these can be reduced or corrected by learning better visual skills through vision therapy. These therapeutic eye exercises and activities are designed to improve the way the brain,eyes, hands and body work together.
Programs progress through a sequence of activities whereby the student develops and learns to control their visual system to ensure it operates more efficiently. Each student has individualised activities aimed at taking them from ‘can’t do’ through to ‘can do with effort’ to ‘automatic’. The activities are designed to remediate and integrate what the eyes are processing and help stimulate the brains neural pathways. Our goal is to improve reading ability (tracking), and distinguish letters and numbers better (where reversals are apparent).
Visual skills need to be an automatic process so that higher order learning/comprehension can occur. Prompt and early treatment of learning related vision problems enhances the ability of children and adults to perform at their full potential.