Consider the following:
80% of all learning, and up to 90% of classroom learning, is visual
80% of children identified as having problems with reading, have vision deficits
25% of children (including those who see 20/20) have a vision problem significant enough to affect academic performance
65% of the pathways in the brain are related to the more than 20 visual abilities.
When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustration in the classroom - traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Often a child with a vision-related learning problem has excellent verbal skills, causing parents and educators to think the child must be lazy, have ADD / ADHD, or is learning disabled. The possible misdiagnosis can be due to similar symptoms, but the causes are not the same. Early diagnosis and treatment of children's vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning. Vision therapy can be used to treat many of the childhood vision problems that lead to academic challenges. Improving visual skills and visual perceptual abilities during therapy will remove the visual barriers to academic success.
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