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Is a Vision Problem Keeping Your Child From Learning?
Vision problems can make it harder for children to learn. The extra effort needed to compensate for poor vision makes it difficult to remember and understand what they see.
Vision Problem Warning Signs
The signs of a vision problem can sometimes be subtle and may mimic those seen in children with reading and learning disabilities. This results in some children being mislabeled as having a learning disability, when in reality what they have is an undetected vision problem.
Here are eight warning signs of vision problems every parent needs to watch for:
• Losing place and skipping words when reading
• Closing or covering one eye when reading
• Short attention span
• Trouble finishing written assignments
• Errors when copying from the board
• Poor reading comprehension
• Moving head excessively when reading
• Performance below a child's potential
“Every child should have a vision examination before starting first grade and at least once every two years thereafter,”
Seeing Better Can Mean Being Smarter
“The presence of a vision problem can cause difficulties with reading comprehension, math aptitude, problem solving and reasoning,” says Dr. Miller. “Eliminating the vision problem opens the door to better learning.”
Parents can find out more about how vision problems affect a child’s reading and learning abilities by visiting the Seeing Smarter website, http://seeingsmarter.com
With sections dedicated to infants, toddlers and school-age kids, Seeing Smarter provides the tools every parent needs to recognize, understand and respond to a variety of vision concerns that affect how children see and learn.
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