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  • Symptoms of Reading Problems

    The following symptoms may indicate that YOU or your CHILD has reading problems along with writing difficulties.

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    Physical Cues of Reading Problems

    ¨      Red, sore, or itching eyes

    ¨      Jerky eye movements, one eye turns in or out

    ¨      Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking

    ¨      Blurred or double vision

    ¨      Headaches, dizziness, or nausea after reading

    ¨      Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading

    ¨      History of recurrent ear infections

    PERFORMANCE CLUES

    ¨      Avoidance of near work

    ¨      Frequent loss of place

    ¨      Omits, inserts, or rereads letters/words

    ¨      Confuses similar looking words

    ¨      Failure to recognize the same word in the next sentence

    ¨      Difficulty identifying sounds in words and recognizing rhyming words (phonological awareness skills)

    SECONDARY SYMPTOMS

    ¨      Smart in everything but school

    ¨      Low self-esteem, poor self image

    ¨      Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness

    ¨      Frequent crying

    ¨      Short attention span

    ¨      Irritability

    ¨      Day dreaming

    ¨      A history of speech or language delay

    ¨      Family history of  literacy learning problems

    ¨      Muddling sounds in words eg ‘hostipal’ for ‘hospital’

    ¨      Enjoys being read to but no interest in looking at the words

    LABELED 

    ¨      Lazy

    ¨      Dyslexic

    ¨      Attention deficit disorder

    ¨      Slow learner

    ¨      Behavioral problem

    ¨      Juvenile delinquent

    ¨      Working below potential

    ¨      Has no interest in being read to (may be described as an ‘outdoor kid’)

    EVEN THOUGH THIS IS AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF SYMPTOMS, IT DOES NOT COVER ALL THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH NEUROLOGICAL PROCESS DIFFICULTIES.   FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES PLEASE CONTACT THE COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN VISION DEVELOPMENT (COVD), OPTOMETRIC EXTENSION PROGRAM FOUNDATION (OEP FOUNDATION) AND NEURO-OPTOMETRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION (NORA).

  • Struggling With Reading

    "WE WERE TOLD OUR CHILD HAD 20/20 EYESIGHT.

    THE TEACHER THOUGHT THEY JUST WEREN'T TRYING HARD ENOUGH."

     

    vision problems in childrenAn eight year old child passed the 20/20 eye chart test with flying colors, yet she saw letters move around on the page, words and letters disappear, and print go in and out of focus. When asked if she had ever told her parents or teacher that this was happening, her replied was, "No, I thought books did that to everyone."

    Children with learning related vision problems rarely report symptoms. They think everyone sees the same as they do.  The fact is 1 in 4 people, adults and children, have a vision processing problem.

    Up to four children in every classroom see print this way!  They can’t control their eye movements at close distances, making reading and attention almost impossible.  As the print moves and blurs, they stumble over words, lose their place and can’t comprehend.  Out of desperation, they give up and quit. Is it any wonder they struggle in school.

    It is estimated 10 million children 10 and younger have a vision problem.  80% of what a child learns during the first 12 years is obtained through vision.  Children with a vision problem are typically associated with developmental delays and the need for special educational, vocational and social services.

    Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. It is a complex process involving over 20 visual abilities and more than 65% of all of the pathways to the brain. Nearly 80% of what a child perceives, comprehends and remembers depends on the efficiency of the visual system.

    A child can't learn to read when the words get jumbled up on the page and he/she can't remember or make sense of what was just read.

    Every person adult and children that are struggling with reading should receive a comprehensive eye exam.  Please refer to College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) or Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Inc. (OEP Foundation) for a referral to a trained Developmental Vision specialist.

    College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)

    215 West Garfield Road, Suite 200

    Aurora, OH 44202

    (330) 995-0718, (888) 995-0719, FAX (330) 995-0719

    Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Inc. (OEP)

    1921 E. Carnegie Ave., Ste. 3-L

    Santa Ana, CA 92705-5510

    (949) 250-8070

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