"The purpose of this website is to provide parents with fun eye exercises to enhance their children's visual processing skills for better school performance and improved attention. If you know a child who struggles to read, learn, or remain on task, the underlying cause may be vision–even if the child has 20/20 eyesight."
Sometimes in OT, I evaluate a child and discover that they have mild visual tracking issues, eye teaming issues, or visual perceptual issues. If I see that the visual issues are beyond mild and the score on the Visual Assessment form that I have the family fill out about their child is high, then I always recommend a developmental visual eye exam. Here in Huntsville, Alabama, I send them to Rocket City Eye Care for this type of exam.
A developmental eye exam is very different from a regular routine eye exam.
A developmental visual exam is designed to test all of the visual functions necessary for reading, writing, learning, sports performance, and functioning in life. This is very different from a regular routine eye exam.
Vision begins to develop during infancy and continues throughout childhood. The developmental eye exam is designed to see how each of the visual skills has developed.
During the developmental visual exam, all of the visual skills that are critical for reading, learning, and functioning in life will be tested, such as:
visual information processing
A developmental visual exam helps to identify the areas of concern as well as the depth of the problem and determine the best treatment options.
If the child's visual issues are mild, I always use and recommend to the parents the Eye Can Learn website. It has great on website exercises as well as suggestions for additional exercises. There are also tabs about visual perception, teaming, and focusing, which I also use when necessary.
Before beginning any of these exercises, take a look at the 'Getting Started' tab and if you feel you need more advice before you begin anything, find a developmental visual specialist near you. These developmental visual specialists are an integral part of my treatment approach and can make a big difference if a child is struggling at school.