Vision Therapy – News and Events in 2012

The replay has been taken down by the network, but you can read the transcript here:
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We now offer tutoring services for patients!

If your son or daughter is falling behind in school, our new tutor, Rachel Kirschner, can help. She is a trained educational tutor.

She offers tutoring in:

  • Reading (K-12)
  • Writing (K-6)
  • Mathematics (K-6)

Saturday morning appointments are available at our Newington office.

Dr. Collier will be interviewed on the Better Connecticut show. It’s on Channel 3 (WFSB), and the interview will air on December 10th at 3 p.m. On the interview, Dr. Collier will explain why she is so passionate about vision therapy, and she will share the successes that her patients have had with vision therapy.

Don’t miss the show!

We’re asking for help from all past vision therapy students in creating a book to show other children how much vision therapy can help them.

Please contact Dr. Collier or our Optometric Vision Therapy Team for details.

Dr. Collier and Dr. Schulman will be educating occupational therapists on how to promote proper vision development in their patients.

Please contact Dr. Collier for details.

It was back in 1995 that the month of August was first declared National Children’s Vision & Learning Month, and the goal was to help educate teachers and parents about the critical link between learning and vision.

What is vision therapy?

What is the link between learning and reading?

Here are Statistics and Key Facts on How Vision Affects Learning
“It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.” – Vision Council of America

“When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustrations in the classroom—traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.” – American Optometric Association

“25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.” – Vision Council of America

“Early diagnosis and treatment of children’s vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning; and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations … are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate visual skills essential for successful academic achievement.” – National Parent Teachers Association

“A three year study of 540 children found that those children who had visual perceptual and eye movement difficulties did poorly on standardized tests.” – Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, FAAO, FCOVD, Developmental Optometrist and Past President of COVD.

“Early testing for vision problems is key to preventing learning disabilities or, in some cases, significant visual impairment in children.” – Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, Task Force Chairman, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Many educators and parents unfortunately assume that a child has no vision problem if they pass a basic vision test. They fail to understand that school vision testing often only covers visual acuity, and the vision skills required for learning are more complex. In other words, a child can be 20/20 and have healthy eyes, but still have a vision problem that will affect their learning.

This is further complicated as children often do not report vision problems because they have always seen things that way.

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