It’s #BackToSchool season and OAO wants to make sure you #LIVEinFOCUS! That means visiting Whitby Vision Care and getting a comprehensive eye exam. Some vision and eye health problems are symptomless until it’s too late. Make sure your kids are ready to learn!
It’s the #SummerofSkills for Vision & Learning Month! Building fine motor skills means also building the visual skills that little ones need for school and life. Here are ways to develop visual and motor skills in every room of the house!
When kids hear a story through audio only, they strain to understand. When they watch an animation, their visual and audio perceptual networks are firing, but there’s not enough integration between them. This requires the most energy for the kid to figure out what everything means. Comprehension was lowest in this condition.
When kids hear a story with static illustrations, there is more connectivity between all the networks, such as visual perception, imagery, language, andsomething called default mode (internal reflection of how the story matters to you). This improves their understanding of the story.
However, the best conditions are reading on mom or dad’s lap! 😊 Nothing comes close to that physical closeness and bonding. 😍
But if things get busy and you need to supplement with a device, try to find simple, illustrated ebooks with narration, rather than animations, or audio-only.
Read more details of the study here: What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story?
Spending more time outdoors reduces your odds of developing and progressing in myopia (nearsightedness). It’s getting warm out, so round up the kids, get them off screen time, and go outside!!
Read the full article for more recommendations from The University of Waterloo!
In reponse to this post: Rethinking School
Susan Wise Bauer writes, “Change your thinking: Regard the label ‘learning disability’ as signifying ‘This child needs a different approach,’ rather than ‘Something is wrong with your child.'” LOVE this mentality!!
This is how Dr. Lee and the VT team sees it – a “learning disability” is not a life sentence!! It just means that the method that you’re using is not working for the kid right now. We just have to get the patient’s eyes working properly, and then with all the right tools, every kid has the potential to succeed.