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DOES YOUR CHILD STRUGGLE AT SCHOOL?

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Could he/she be suffering with as Visual Processing Disorder?

If your child is struggling to learn to read, reads at a slower rate than classmates, has difficulty with comprehension, this post is for you.
Your child may be struggling with Visual Processing Disorder. Visual Processing Disorder cannot be detected by using an eye chart. Instead, parents and educators typically notice visual processing disorders when a child is learning. They could be misdiagnosed with dyslexia. This misidentification can have devastating, life-long repercussions.

Symptoms and Difficulties
When visual information is perceived or processed incorrectly, it cannot be “matched” or integrated with our other senses. Instead of reinforcing our learning experiences, it distracts and interferes.

Individuals with visual perception or visual processing problems may:

· Confuse similar looking words
· Reverse letters or numbers
· Have poor reading comprehension
· Make errors copying
· Easily forget letters, numbers or words
· Be a poor speller
· Have handwriting that is crooked or poorly spaced
· Have difficulty following multi-stepped directions
· Have difficulty telling time or understanding the concept of time

People with Visual Processing Disorder, both children and adults, can show some or all of these symptoms. Since misdiagnosis is not uncommon, it’s important that the individual consults an eye doctor who is an expert on visual processing. Visual Processing Disorder should not go untreated.

It is important to note that individuals do not “outgrow” Visual Processing Disorder. However, some individuals develop compensatory techniques to overcome some of their challenges. If you have questions, or would like to schedule an assessment please give us a call at (012) 346-5289.

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