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Event: DYSLEXIA or REVERSALS? The same symptoms may point to a correctable vision problem.


Event Date: February 23, 07:00pm

Event Details:

 

 

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Children and adults with dyslexia usually have healthy eyes and sharp eyesight.  However, a substantial number of individuals with dyslexia have other visual problems. Depending on its severity, a learning-related vision problem can sometimes be misidentified as dyslexia because there are similarities.  However, it is more common that children with dyslexia also have a visual component that is contributing to their difficulties.

Signs of vision problems that mimic dyslexia:

  • Reversals continue beyond second grade
  • Poor concentration when reading
  • Misaligned columns in math or messy, up or down hill writing
  • Has trouble visually recalling a word just sounded out when it appears again in the next few sentences.
  • Skips or misreads short words
  • Poor posture when reading, slumps or “hunches down” so head is very near paper or book
  • Problem gets worse with fatigue or later in school day or during prolonged study periods

If more than a few of these signs are present, a comprehensive visual evaluation can determine whether visual deficits may play a role.

 

Attend this workshop to learn more!  This workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

 

WHEN:  Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

WHAT TIME?   7:00 – 8:00 pm

 

LOCATION:   Clarendon Vision Development Center, 103 Ogden Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL

 

FEATURING:  Dr. Monika Spokas, Developmental Optometrist

 

 

Visual processing skills deficiencies and oculomotor disorders are sometimes overlooked during cognitive psychologist or other professional testing, because awareness about how closely their symptoms overlap with dyslexia is not as widespread as it should be.

Determining whether your child has dyslexia or a vision problem is critical for your child’s well-being. Dyslexia cannot be cured, though many learn to cope with it well and succeed; however, learning-related vision deficiencies that have symptoms similar to dyslexia can be treated and even eliminated by developing skills through an individualized intensive vision therapy program.
When a child struggles with reading and learning it is important to first rule out the possibility of a vision problem. If a vision problem exists, treatment may involve glasses, vision therapy, or both. Visual Rehabilitation Therapy treats vision problems that can interfere with learning to read, or reading to learn. Once the vision problem is treated successfully, tutoring and other special services can become more effective.

According to pediatrician and parent advocate for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Dr. Debra Walhof:
“It is important to remember that normal sight may not necessarily be synonymous with normal vision…That being said, if there is a vision problem, it could be preventing the best tutoring and learning methods from working. Now that certainly doesn’t mean every dyslexic child needs vision therapy, however in my opinion, skills such as focusing, tracking and others are essential foundational tools for reading. In general, if your child has trouble with reading or learning to read, getting a vision evaluation to assess these skills from a qualified Developmental Optometrist would be a smart move.”

Dr. Monika Spokas, an Optometrist trained in vision development, can diagnose a correctable learning-related vision problem through a comprehensive functional vision exam.  Learn more by attending one of our workshops or calling 630-323-7300.