Vision therapy is a specialized therapy designed to improve and enhance the visual system's functionality. It involves a series of customized exercises and activities to develop and strengthen visual skills, such as eye tracking, focusing, and binocular coordination. While vision therapy can benefit people of all ages, it can particularly have a transformative impact on a child's life.
1. Improved Academic Performance: Vision plays a crucial role in learning, and many children struggle with undiagnosed vision-related issues. Conditions like convergence insufficiency (difficulty coordinating the eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), or poor visual tracking can significantly impact a child's ability to read, write, and concentrate in the classroom. Vision therapy targets these underlying problems, improving visual skills and enhancing a child's ability to absorb and process information effectively. As a result, they often experience notable improvements in reading fluency, comprehension, handwriting, and overall academic performance.
2. Enhanced Sports and Athletic Abilities: Strong visual skills are vital for success in sports and physical activities. Visual acuity, depth perception, eye-hand coordination, and peripheral awareness are essential for tasks like catching a ball, judging distances, and reacting quickly to changing environments. Vision therapy helps improve these visual skills, making it easier for children to participate in sports, excel in physical activities, and enjoy an active lifestyle. Enhanced visual abilities can boost a child's self-confidence and overall well-being.
3. Increased Attention and Concentration: Vision problems can cause eyestrain, fatigue, and difficulties maintaining focus. Children with undiagnosed vision issues may struggle to concentrate on tasks, leading to frustration and diminished performance. Vision therapy can address these problems by improving eye teaming and tracking abilities, reducing eye fatigue, and enhancing visual stamina. As a result, children often experience increased attention span, improved concentration, and better overall focus, allowing them to succeed academically and in other areas of life.
4. Enhanced Visual Perception: Visual perception involves the brain's ability to interpret and make sense of visual information. It includes skills like visual memory, spatial awareness, and visual discrimination. Children with visual perception difficulties may have trouble recognizing shapes, letters, or patterns, which can affect their reading, writing, and overall comprehension. Vision therapy can enhance these skills by training the brain to process visual information more efficiently. This improvement can positively impact a child's ability to learn, solve problems, and confidently navigate their surroundings.
5. Boosted Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem: Children with untreated vision problems may struggle with feelings of inadequacy, frustration, or social difficulties. These challenges can arise from academic underperformance, difficulties in sports or recreational activities, or an overall struggle to engage with their surroundings effectively. By addressing vision issues through therapy, children often experience a boost in their self-confidence and self-esteem. As their visual skills improve, they become more capable and independent, leading to a positive impact on their overall well-being and social interactions.
At Center for Better Learning, we have helped hundreds of children perform better and feel more confident in the classroom, on the sports field, and interacting with their world. If you suspect your child may be the one in four struggling with a vision or visual processing disorder, schedule a Developmental Vision Evaluation or call one of our office locations for more information.