When a child has trouble understanding visual information, the first step is to fully evaluate how the two eyes are functioning together (Binocular Vision Evaluation). The next step is an in-depth evaluation of how well the child is able to understand information that is seen.
Most people don’t realize that vision actually takes place in the brain. Once our eyes see visual information it is up to our brain to interpret and give meaning to what we are seeing.
These visual skills are important for many tasks that children need for the classroom. For example, a child might have to look at something on the board and then write down the information or solve the problem. In this example the child needs to remember what they saw (visual memory) and write the information accurately (visual motor integration).
Signs that your child may have a problem with processing visual information include the following:
□ Reverses letters and numbers when writing or copying
□ Difficulty learning left and right
□ Clumsy, falls and bumps into things often
□ Confuses likenesses and minor differences
□ Mistakes words with similar beginnings
□ Cannot recognize the same word repeated on a page
□ Difficulty completing written assignments in allotted period of time
□ Seems to know the material but does poorly on written tests
□ Difficulty writing numbers in columns for math problems
□ Difficulty copying from the board
□ Sloppy drawing or writing skills
□ Poor spacing and inability to stay on lines
When a visual information processing problem is suspected, a thorough evaluation is recommended. We typically evaluate visual spatial, visual analysis, and visual motor skills.
The Visual Information Processing Evaluation takes 2 to 3 appointments. Based on the results of testing, an individualized treatment plan is designed that targets areas that are deficient. Vision therapy is expected to improve deficient visual processing skills, which should in turn help remove barriers that affect classroom performance.
Call 714.463.7500 for information on scheduling and fees.