Vision Training

Vision Training

Vision training is like physical training for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. It helps improve visual efficiency and visual processing, thereby allowing the child to be more responsive to academic instruction.

What are Visual Processing Skills

Vision is a fundamental factor in the learning process. Visual Processing ability refers to the visual cognitive skills that allow us to process and interpret meaning from the visual information that we gain through our eyes. Unresolved visual processing difficulties is a roadblock to learning. Current research indicates that kids with reading difficulties can have co-existing visual and language processing deficits.

Visual processing issues are complex. That’s because there are eight different types, and children can have more than one. These issues often go undetected because they don’t show up on vision tests. Kids may not show signs of visual processing issues until they start school. But the longer they go without help, the greater the impact may be on a wide range of skills.

How do Visual Processing Difficulties affect children

Visual processing issues can affect many areas:
-Academic: Kids can have great difficulty with reading, writing and math. They may struggle to tell letters, numbers and symbols apart. They may also have a hard time remembering and recognizing what they read.
-Emotional: As kids fall behind at school, their self-confidence can take a big hit.
-Life skills: Visual processing issues can make simple tasks hard, from matching socks to learning phone numbers.

How can Vision Training help

Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, vision training aims to improve the brain’s control of the eye muscles so that they can move accurately and stay aligned thus making reading and handwriting more comfortable. The skills include focusing, convergence, divergence and tracking.

Children at risk of learning-related vision problems should receive a comprehensive optometric evaluation by an optometrist. This examination is different from examinations given in schools which test mainly for distance vision. A complete exam test factors like sharpness or clarity of vision, lazy eye and other problems like convergence insufficiency that affect the eye’s ability to focus on a nearby object.

How does Vision Training work?

After the eye exam with the optometrist, a vision training plan is created that includes activities such as wearing an eyepatch during part of the training session, looking through prisms, doing letter finding puzzles. The parent will have to buy a training kit.
The therapist will have a training session with the child of usually 45 minutes once or twice a week depending on the child’s difficulties. The therapist will prescribe exercises the child can do at home with parent supervision. The duration of vision training can vary from 8 to 10 weeks. Successful outcomes are achieved through a therapeutic process that depends on the active engagement of the prescribing doctor, vision therapist, child and the support of the parents.

It is important to note that vision training cannot treat Dyslexia and Attention issues but can help with improving academic skills.

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