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Does My Child Have Dyslexia or a Vision Problem?

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Dyslexic children are typically very bright, yet they fail at something most children can easily accomplish, learning to read. Here are some reasons why a child fails to read or is a poor reader.

  1. Your child cannot understand the meaning of words. If your child easily understands when being read to, this is likely not the problem.

  1. Your child is very slow at looking at a symbol or a group of symbols and remembering what to call it. This skill is automatic naming. Poor automatic naming inhibits the ability to read smoothly and consistently and can delay learning the alphabet. Vision therapy can improve visual discrimination and visual memory-- skills needed to recognize and recall visual information.

  1. Your child has poor visualization skills and cannot picture symbols or words in his or her mind. He may know a word in one line and fail to recognize it in the next, or is not able to recognize it when it is paired with another word, such as “cat” in the word “catfish.”  Vision therapy can improve visualization and visual processing skills, to help your child see a word and recognize it quickly when it stands alone and when it is embedded in another word. If your child struggles with learning new words, vision therapy can provide visual strategies to help your child recognize word parts or phonetic groups standing alone and when embedded or surrounded by different beginnings and endings or other phonetic groups.


  1. Your child is confused with small print and does better when there is large print with a lot of spacing.  Your child may have a tracking, eye teaming or eye focusing problem. Vision Therapy addresses these conditions through the therapeutic use of specialized prisms and lenses.


  1. Your child confuses or reverses letters and numbers, such as a “b” and “d” or a “6” and “9”. Your child has trouble knowing left from right, or has to think hard to recall which is which. This often comes from poor body lateralization. Vision therapy builds inadequate lateralization skills through eye hand motor coordination and integrates it with the skills mentioned above to treat left right confusion and  word/letter reversals.

Vision therapy does not teach a child to read. Vision therapy treats visual conditions that interfere with reading. If your child is behind in reading, or you suspect, or have been told she or he has dyslexia, schedule an exam today. Dr. Marran O.D. Ph.D will rule out a visual condition that could be causing or contributing to poor reading.

Though there is no age restriction for treatment, it is important to realize that the earlier patients can be treated, the more vision therapy makes an impact in academic performance because the longer a person goes without treatment, the farther they get behind in school, the lower their self-esteem and the longer it takes to change poor learning habits or compensations.

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“I have seen so much growth in Kayla.  She appears much less frustrated and seems more able to cope with frustrating situations.  Last year she could not connect the dots to make a triangle to now being able to draw and microscope and it's parts from the board.  She enjoys reading now and is doing adult connect the dot books.  We used to spend hours on homework which was often not done correctly--to going to school all day and then math tutoring for an hour with no problems.  She still struggles with reading and spelling, but on her last report card got all A's and 1B.  She feels that the vision therapy has helped her be more successful in life (softball, school, etc).  My personnel feeling is that Kayla's vision problems created a feeling of chaos or loss of control---she struggled with trying to control her life in a chaotic situation.  Now she can make sense of the world visually, she is less angry, less stressed and feels more successful in life. Thank you for everything!”

Dr. Camille Reineke PhD Pyschologist

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