Is Vision Therapy Right For Your Child

>> Monday, March 9, 2009

Many of the behavioral characteristics of those with autism spectrum disorders do involve the visual system as well. Please read Mary Megson and The Autism"s Visual System.

Poor eye contact, staring at lights or spinning objects, side viewing, and other general difficulties are often symptoms of visual dysfunction. We have 3 out of 4 members in our household that have been diagnosed with nearsightedness. The boys dad is the only one with good eyes. Darn, I was hoping that they would have good eyes. The optometrists says that they boys eyes will only get worse as time goes by.

It is recommended that anyone with autism, PDD, learning disability (LD), speech-language delay, sensory integration dysfunction, Asperger's or any other psychological problems to be looking for a behavioral optometrist in your area.

Most children do not outgrow vision delays without intervention. Here is one testimony I found for one in Mississippi. Improving visual function can lead to improvement in areas such as language development and social-emotional skills. A vision exam can be the first step in conquering behavioral problems; such as, turning and tilting the head, gaze avoidance, and side looking as well as having better overall function.

The primary goal of vision therapy for persons on the ASD is to help them give meaning to what they see. Again refer to the link on Megson above. Many have poor vision and their behavior is similar to that of a blind person. Please read Patricia Lemer's book "Envisioning A Bright Future" on how vision therapy can impact your life, and it will explain in detail on how it is to be done. This book is a complete guide to autism and all of the interventions that do work. It is great for a parent, teacher, physician, optometrist and so on.

Listed below are some more resources for you to check out:

1 special comments:

Melissa March 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

Hey, just wondering if you found a doctor for this locally? If so would you e-mail me the info. Thanks a bunch!