How we help reading and writing difficulties


Dyslexia is a term used to describe a range of specific learning difficulties.  Those with dyslexia are frequently frustrated by their incapacity to visualise symbols, numbers or words.  Research continues to show:

"No correlation between sight and dyslexia!" This clinic: 

  • Agrees that most students with Dyslexia do not have eye movement or binocular deficiencies causing their reading difficulties. But 5 to 10% do!
  • Provides Training Glasses and Vision Therapy to help any student learn to focus visual attention. Visual attention must become flexible. Its profile should change for each task we carry out. This needs learning through positive (successful) experience.
  • Uses movement activities to enhance each student's attention skills. Some of these movement activities can also enhance the combining of language and vision which is crucial in overcoming dyslexia.
  • Helps students who have learnt to focus their visual attention to begin to share attention, which is crucial for learning e.g. when writing, working memory is used to hold the sentence while monitoring sequence, spelling, neatness and layout. This supports memory and learning becomes easier.
  • Prescribes Treatment Glasses both tinted and non-tinted to support and develop visual attention and reduce fatigue. They act as if they 'jump start' visual information. They particularly help side vision. More is seen at once to allow greater awareness, comprehension and insight. Please do not get the glasses modified elsewhere until the treatment is completed.
  • Measures the student's progress through detailed analysis of binocular, focus, scanning, and other visual processing tasks (appropriate to age and skill level).
  • Follows international standards in optometric vision care.

 At this clinic we continue to develop methods that help more and more of those with dyslexia enhance and use their vision to overcome their reading or learning difficulty.  This often involves daily home practice, so we strongly prefer that both parents attend the initial assessment.


Key areas for assessment and treatment are:
Convergence - using the two eyes together for sustained periods.
Accommodation - focusing on print without fatigue or irritation.
Tracking - moving the eyes efficiently to pick out key parts of text.
Visualisation - seeing clearly in the head, anticipating and planning.
Directional Awareness - right/left and symbol/word reversals can be totally overcome with vision therapy.

Treatment options include:
Vision Therapy to improve brain integration, attention and awareness.  We usually see improvements in just three months of therapy. Most clients choose to continue for eight to eighteen months.
http://www.visiontherapystories.com

Study Glasses. These are relatively low powered optics that produce extraordinary changes. 

Advice on studying methods and classroom treaching. A full report will be prepared.

To find another Behavioural Optometrist in the UK and Ireland:
http://www.babo.co.uk/

Optometrists Abroad:
http://www.covd.org