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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.
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.
Click here to read a Los Angeles Times article about how John Rodgriues went from being undiagnosed with dyslexia to creating ThinkLexic, which advocates for diagnosis and services for children with dyslexia. Down below is Dr. Lynn Marran's O.D. Ph.D. letter to the editor:
Man with learning disorder reaches out
Kudos to John Rodrigues for raising awareness and advocating for diagnosis and services for dyslexic children.
As a behavioral optometrist, I see children both privately and through IEP school services and find that dyslexic kiddos often have visual conditions beyond needing glasses, such as eye tracking and visual processing deficits which exacerbate or underlie the dyslexic condition. These deficits respond well to a vision therapy program that utilizes rhythm and movement to integrate left right awareness, visual spatial and visual analysis skills for improved auditory and visual processing of information.
Any child who struggles to read including any child diagnosed with dyslexia should have their visual oculomotor skills and visual processing skills tested to see if they could benefit from vision therapy. It is estimated that up to 50% of children with LD have a visual component to their learning disability that goes beyond needing glasses.
Dr. Lynn Marran O.D. Ph.D.
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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!”