Vision Therapy Success

This week, I saw M for a follow up and she gave me this! Love getting these little drawings from patients 😊
M first started coming to us in grade 1 because she was having difficulty with reading and she really disliked it. She kept losing her place, skipping words, and reversing letters. She couldn’t seem to remember any words longer than 3 letters.
After vision therapy, she no longer loses her place or skip words, and has gotten much better at reading! She has even started to enjoy it, and her mom said she picked out some English books to read, even though she only practices in French at school! She was also able to learn to spell tricky words like “friend.”
We’re so proud of how far she has come!!

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Learning Sight Words

Here are some fun ways to help learn sight words! They should be recognized instantly by using visual memory without sounding them out. They are best retained when anchored with some type of movement.


 

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Vision Problems In Kids

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Do you know what vision problem symptoms to look out for? Visit our Eye Exams For Kids page to find out! Most kids don’t know what good vision looks like, so they can’t always tell you that they can’t see clearly.

 

Children don’t know when they have a vision problem. Here are some signs that they are having trouble, if they can’t tell you what is wrong:

  • Eyes don’t follow toys
  • Closes one eye when reading
  • Tilts head when looking at something
  • Needs to hold book very close while reading
  • Overly sensitive to light
  • Squinting
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Complaints of achy, tired eyes
  • Persistent Rubbing
  • Eyes don’t seem to work in unison

Catching a problem early on will reduce the negative impact on your child’s future.

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Poor Vision Affects Social Skills

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Most of you know that vision can affect a child’s ability to learn. But did you know it can affect a child’s social skills too?

Here are a few ways that it can:

“Most parents and guardians aren’t aware that an undiagnosed vision problem goes beyond poor academic performance,” says optometrist and member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Dr. Rajvinder Pabla.

In fact, poor vision can lead to reduced social interaction because of the inability to see properly. 

A child may shy away or be excluded from playing team sports since their vision problem is affecting their hand-eye coordination. They may also avoid watching the latest 3D movie with their friends because they have reduced depth perception and can’t enjoy the movie the way their friends can.”

“If their hyperopia continues to go undiagnosed, they may try avoiding their work and in the process become disruptive out of frustration.”

Learn more here: Poor Vision Affects Your Child More Than You Know

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