Learning and Vision

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The visual system is a significant part of how we process information

and a key factor in how we learn.

 

80% of what you perceive, comprehend and remember

depends on the efficiency of the visual system.

 

75-90% of learning in a classroom occurs through the visual system. If the visual system is not working properly, this can seriously hinder a child trying to perform up to their potential.

It has been estimated that 1 out of 4 children in the U.S. have learning problems. This is roughly 2-7 million children struggling to achieve in school.  25% of ALL children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their performance in school. According to research on just learning disabled populations, the number of kids with significant learning related vision problems can soar closer to 85% in their studies.

75% of those identified as learning disabled have their biggest deficit in reading. Out of those children who are reading disabled, 80% of them have difficulties with one or more basic visual skills. Fortunately, these visual deficits can be treated successfully by vision training, as volumes of research studies have illustrated.

Vision, however, is RARELY the only factor in why a child may not be meeting their potential, though it can be a major contributor. It is important to remember that all our senses must work together to bring us information from the world around us; a problem may lie in a single area, such as vision, but usually, learning difficulties occur are caused by a combination of factors.

There is something parents, educators and professionals can do to help children obtain the visual skills they need before they fall behind in school. Parents can ensure that their children get regular vision exams beginning at 6 months old from us. Schools can conduct better screenings to help identify students with potential vision problems that can affect learning. These screenings must go beyond a distance Snellen letter chart.

Parents and teachers can also observe and learn to recognize signs and symptoms of learning-related visual problems. Knowing when a child is having vision symptoms and knowing when to refer them to an eye doctor that specializes in visual function can significantly reduce the number of children experiencing learning difficulties.

The earlier vision problems are detected and remediated, the less time will pass where individuals fall behind if left untreated.

Vision problems CAN be corrected. Vision does not have to be part of the learning problem.