VISUAL PROBLEMS

If you’re concerned about your child’s vision, it’s important to get a complete eye exam to test for vision problems.

Reputable Dyslexia and Learning Disability organisations agree with the neuroscience research that shows that dyslexia is a Language Based Learning Disability (LBLD). Here is an article from Understood.org about different 'types' of dyslexia.

 

Eye tracking or teeming problems are not the same as dyslexia and paediatricians and eye doctors do not recommend vision therapy for treating dyslexia. Dyslexia is not a problem with vision,  visual perception, or visual processing.     

                                              

A behavioural optometrist can assess how well your child's eyes work together.  Simple exercises can sometimes help with eye movement problems. You do not need to sign up to an expensive therapy program. Find a link to a qualified behavioural optometrist here and an article about what behavioural optometrists do, here.


TIPS TO HELP AT HOME

  • Place the book or paper on a closed ringbinder -  a sloping surface sometimes helps.

 

  • Place a blank piece of paper or a ruler under the line your child is reading. Your child moves it down the page as they read.

  • Use a pencil above the line of text to guide your child's eyes along as they read.

  • Try OpenDyslexic, a more readable font, for word-processing. Get it FREE, here.

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