Opto-mize learning in the classroom
Almost 80% of kids struggling with reading lack one or more basic visual skills. Some of us learn to accommodate for this inefficiency, but it makes things like school really difficult to master. Labels are applied, we’re given more time for tests, we avoid reading books or we decide school just “isn’t my thing.”
But these work-arounds take a lot of work – and often hold us back. (It’s learning to ride on a broken bicycle.) Why accommodate when you can address the issue?
Eye tracking skillseyes following a line of print
Eye teaming skillstwo eyes working together as a synchronized team
Binocular visionsimultaneously blending the images from both eyes into one image
Visual-motor integrationeye-hand coordination
Visual perceptionvisual memory, visual form perception, and visualization
Common conditions treated by vision therapy
1 in 4
children in the U.S. have
of all children have a vision problem
Seeing clearly is only one of the 17 visual skills needed for reading and learning. But tracking and other visual problems are often not evaluated during testing for learning disabilities.
As vision and learning are intimately connected, a vision problem can be easily mistaken for a learning problem, such as ADHD or Dyslexia. Many of the treatments focus on learning to cope rather than treating the underlying issue.
Vision is a skill
Kids don’t grow out of significant vision problems. So many continue to struggle right through adulthood. Since vision problems make it difficult to achieve in school, it can lead to feelings of failure, low self-esteem and disinterest in academics. In fact, researchers have found that 70% to 95% of juvenile delinquents had a vision problem.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, one in five Americans are unable to read or speak well enough to function effectively in their daily lives. That is roughly 35 million Americans.
Although we don’t know how many of them have vision problems, perhaps this number would not be so high if we caught those with vision problems early on and corrected them, making it easier for them to learn how to read.
1 in 5
to read or speak well enough
to function effectively in their daily lives effectively
Improve eye/brain coordination with Opto-mization Training™
At the Opto-mization™ NeuroVisual Performance Centres, we assess how your eyes and brain work together and develop a program to improve your neurovisual efficiency. This can include Opto-mization™ Training and Ergoptics™ lens prescription to enhance eye tracking, visual processing and focusing abilities that support reading and comprehension.
Improving classroom focus through vision therapy
In grade 1, it was suspected that Austin was suffering from ADD. His parents saw something else going on. Read his story.
Vision therapy creates sports fanatic
Sean was a bright kid who developed language skills early. But he struggled with his gross motor skills. Read his story.