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What difficulties does the Visual Edge Slant Board address?

The Visual Edge Slant Board reduces stress placed on the optic system and promotes "Vision Hygiene" when reading and working. An effective sloping work surface must be tilted at an angle between 20 and 23 degrees from the horizontal. The Visual Edge Slant Board rests at 22 degrees, the research-proven optimum angle. Remember when all school desks were slanted? Twenty-five percent of the population suffer from some level of Visual Processing difficulty. This disability prevents a person from properly seeing and understanding text.  When doing any visual task, your brain is decoding symbols.  These symbols (letters and images) become code (text and pictures) which your brain processes to retrieve the information.  When doing any visual task on a flat surface your brain has to work harder as it scans down the page because the angle at which your brain perceives the symbols and or images is changing, thus changing the code.  This makes understanding the information more difficult for all people but for the 25% of the population with a processing issue it can make it impossible.  The Visual Edge Slant Board is designed to help not just this 25% segment of the population, but EVERYONE!  The Visual Edge Slant Board addresses this processing issue and much more.

What benefit does a slanted work surface provide?

When reading or any visual task on a slanted surface at the appropriate angle the whole page of is put in focus. This allows for less fatigue and easier tracking when reading or viewing images as the eyes do not have to refocus as you scan down the page.  In other word when you are doing any visual task, your brain is decoding symbols.  These symbols (letters and images) become code (text and pictures) which your brain processes to retrieve the information.  When doing any visual task on a flat surface your brain has to work harder as it scans down the page because the angle at which your brain perceives the symbols and or images is changing, thus changing the code.  This makes understanding the information more difficult for all people but for the 25% of the population with a processing issue it can make it impossible.  The Visual Edge Slant Board is designed to help not just this 25% segment of the population, but EVERYONE!  The Visual Edge Slant Board addresses this processing issue and much more.  In addition to helping with your visual processing it helps with your penmanship by engaging the use of your forearm muscles, giving you more control and having less fatigue.

Why must the slanted surface be at 22 degrees?

Pioneering research by Dr. Darrel Boyd Harmon and subsequent research by Drs. John Pierce and Steven Greenspan clearly prove a reduction of stress and improved performance when conditions are arranged properly for near-point visual activities such as reading and writing. It has been determined through research and practical use that 22 degrees to be the optimum angle.

What other benefits does the Visual Edge Slant Board provide?

As shown by research, the appropriately slanted work surface will present all text characters and images at the same prospective. This allows the brain to spend less time trying to figure out what it is seeing and reading, spending more time understanding what it has just read. Additionally by using the Visual Edge Slant Board it naturally induces better posture for the user naturally moving you into the proper position to achieve the Harmon Distance.

What is the Harmon Distance?

The "Harmon Distance" is the optimal distance from the eyes to the working surface. It is the distance from the elbow to your fist knuckles. This can only be assured with a proper chair height to desk relationship.

How does the Visual Edge Slant Board reduce stress?

The Visual Edge Slant Board in combination with the proper sitting height allows you to naturally move into a posture that is conducive to better learning environment. You will naturally sit more upright and bend your head less. As research has shown this will lead to a reduced heart rate, a more regular and deeper breathing pattern and reduced neck muscle and overall body tension. Additionally your eyes are less strained as the whole page is in focus and the text characters and images are all in the same perspective.

How do I know if someone or myself are at risk of reading difficulties?

Reading and writing are derivatives of vision and speech. As such there are numerous factors that cause difficulties. The symptoms vary, however there are key indicators that will be indicative of reading difficulties. Some of which are, red, sore, or itching eyes, head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading, Avoidance of near work, family history of literacy learning problems. Please refer to our section titled “SYMPTOMS OF PROBLEMS THAT LEAD TO READING DIFFICULTIES” for a more complete list.

How can someone have a problem reading if they have 20/20 vision?

20/20 eyesight represents only a very small part of the vision process. Behavioral optometrists differentiate between the terms “sight” and “vision”. “Sight” is the ability to see and the eye’s response to light shining into it. “Vision” is the ability to interpret and understand information that comes through the eyes.

How can I find out if someone has a “VISION” or "PROCESSING" problem?

The only reliable way to determine if an individual has a “vision” or "processing" problem is to be evaluated by a Developmental Optometrist. A Developmental Optometrist can be found in your local area by referring to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) website, www.covd.org or Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP Foundation) website at www.oepf.org

What is a Developmental Optometrist?

Behavioral Optometrists spend years in post- doctoral education to master the complex visual programs prescribed to prevent or to normalize -visual problems and enhance visual performance. Behavioral optometry is an umbrella term, which also includes developmental and functional optometric practices. Not all practice behavioral optometry. To find one who does, call or write COVD or OEP Foundation for a referral list in your area.

Do only people with vision problems benefit from using a slant board?

No! All people will benefit from using a slanted work surface to read and write. For those with processing difficulties it is essential. However, everyone using the Visual Edge Slant Board will experience the benefits of less fatigue, lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, a more even breathing pattern and less overall stress.  When doing any visual task, your brain is decoding symbols.  These symbols (letters and images) become code (text and pictures) which your brain processes to retrieve the information.  When doing any visual task on a flat surface your brain has to work harder as it scans down the page because the angle at which your brain perceives the symbols, images is changing, thus changing the code.  This makes understanding the information more difficult for all people.  The Visual Edge Slant Board creates a better learning environment for all!

How does the Visual Edge Slant Board help penmanship?

When you write on a flat surface you utilize only the muscles in your wrist.  When you raise your arm up at  an angle you incorporate the use of your forearm muscles.  Thus giving you more control and having less fatigue.  This is why all Graphic Artist, Calligraphers and Architects use a slanted work surface.  This is why school desks used to be slanted!

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