FAQ: How to recognize possible binocular vision issues disguised as “learning disabilities”

FAQ: How to recognize possible binocular vision issues disguised as “learning disabilities”

Some observations and tips from Angie Hammack Huskison who is an experienced Vision Therapist working at Snider Therapy Center in Columbus, Mississippi. "I meet often with teachers and administrative staff regarding our patients that are in our therapy program. I had a meeting just this Tuesday, and the teacher stated she couldn't understand why the child wouldn't complete any work on the right side of the page. I was able to explain that this child has extremely small visual motion fields (she can't see the entire page) and that light therapy will address those…Read more …
Book Review: Dr. B’s Parent and Teacher Guides on Child Vision, Learning & Development: Fundamentals 1

Book Review: Dr. B’s Parent and Teacher Guides on Child Vision, Learning & Development: Fundamentals 1

REMINDER: To have the article read to you, select the desired paragraph and click on the little speaker icon. After setting up this new website, I sat down to review Charles Boulet's first 'Parent and Teacher Guide to Child Vision, Learning and Development'. It had been on my to-do list for some time! The text reflects many of my views on what is going wrong during standard vision screenings (especially as far as farsightedness is concerned), binocular vision treatment and, more generally, in how children with sensory-motor difficulties are being treated. These subjects are close to my heart. The…Read more …
All I ever wanted was to read well and comfortably

All I ever wanted was to read well and comfortably

And I'll get it. It took one year and eight months to somehow position my eyes in alignment in a particular stationary position and have my first singled out view in years. Now another one year and eight months later I've managed to stabilize my gaze while moving my body and moving throughout space. I can even maintain a stable world view without 'land slides' because of crippled eye muscles preventing smooth eye movements while doing head turns. It's amazing! My gaze and world remains stable while turning my head in circles up…Read more …
Book Review: The woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

Book Review: The woman who changed her brain – Barbara Arrowsmith Young

To give you an idea of how mind-bending this book is I will start out by telling you the following... Even though I sort of knew what to expect because of the references to this story given in the book 'The brain that changed itself' I read earlier and watching a TED talk given by author Barbara Arrowsmith Young, I continuously thought to myself 'this is so important! people need to know this! this can alter and save tons of lives!' while listening to this book. So after listening to the book once, I…Read more …
Visual Impediments to Learning: What’s it going to be? Your health, your education or both?

Visual Impediments to Learning: What’s it going to be? Your health, your education or both?

Somehow I have always felt discriminated. I could never really put my finger on it but it seemed like the normal rules didn't apply to me. Things always were a little bit harder on me. Now it's totally obvious this was because of a motor and sensory brain issue. Of course, kids don't think about their brains. What is striking though is that over the years people have been jumping through all kinds of hoops to make things even harder on me. Parents, educational and medical system alike. Now, I have been fairly…Read more …

Online Eye Exercises to Improve Learning and Visual Attention

1. The following website contains some simple but effective exercises to improve visual information processing skills such as perception, tracking, focusing and eye teaming. http://www.eyecanlearn.com/ NOTE: These activities are offered as a fun way to help sharpen "learning-related" visual skills that are critical for success in school. If a child has deficits in visual information processing, these simple exercises alone are not sufficient to correct a problem. Please do not confuse these exercises with vision therapy. Vision therapy involves a much wider scope of remediation procedures involving the use of lenses, prisms, filters,…Read more …
If Vision Therapy were an alternative treatment, what exactly is it an alternative to?

If Vision Therapy were an alternative treatment, what exactly is it an alternative to?

Nothing annoys me more than someone calling developmental or behavioral optometry ‘alternative medicine’. What exactly is it an alternative to? Cutting into peoples eye muscles leaving them with an even greater challeng e to overcome? Too often poor eye control is blamed on the muscles surrounding the eyes and surgery is advised to alter the length of the muscles. The cause of strabismus however is at the cortical level (in the brain) and cutting the eye muscles is rarely of benefit other than in rare cases of paralysis or partial paralysis of muscles. In too…Read more …
Book Review: Suddenly Successful: How Behavioral Optometry Helps You Overcome Learning, Health And Behavioral Problems

Book Review: Suddenly Successful: How Behavioral Optometry Helps You Overcome Learning, Health And Behavioral Problems

One word: mind-boggling. Anyone with eyes should read it and honestly I had some problems curbing my enthusiasm. Having discovered about Vision Therapy through the internet and Susan Barry’s 2009 publication ‘Fixing my Gaze’ which is equally mind blowing and emphasizes the beauty and advantages of having stereovision and the brain processes involved in acquiring it for people with long standing strabismus as myself, you would think this form of life changing treatment is fairly new. Well, nothing is less true… This 1991 publication totally bursts that bubble. The main author of ‘Suddenly successful’…Read more …