Many children who carry the labels of ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ADHD and learning disabilities have issues with their vision that can ultimately be the cause of their diagnosis. Many times, vision and body coordination messages are not getting to the brain fast enough and their eyes aren’t working together properly. This is the child who will skip lines when they are reading or drop off the end of a word while writing. When they look up at the blackboard/smart board and then back to their paper to copy work, information is lost because their eyes aren’t tracking and converging correctly. Many times, when a child’s eyes aren’t working as a team they flip letters and numbers, which can lead to the incorrect diagnosis of dyslexia. These children work so hard at school that many times they act out behaviorally and can display ADD/ADHD symptoms.
Ask yourself if your child has been diagnosed with the following or displays the following symptoms:
- Blurred Vision
- Tracking Issues
- Motion Sickness
- Learning disabilities
- Lack of coordination
- Frustration with understanding and playing sports
If you are concerned that your child may have a vision issue look for a behavioral optometrist. I have had experience with Dr. Randy Shullman who seems to be the go to person in Fairfield County. She will do an extensive eye exam and then decide whether glasses are needed or if vision therapy once or twice a week should be implemented. Check out the links below for more information and recovery stories!
Dr. Randy Shullman, Behavioral Optometrist http://www.optometrists.org/schulman/index.html
Vision Therapy Success Stories http://www.visiontherapystories.org/index.html