Back to School – Vision and Learning in the Classroom
It’s the time of year already for conferences. I feel like we were just shopping for new school supplies and scheduling hair cuts for class pictures. Yet fall is almost past us and my husband and I just finished conferences for my two children last week. Sitting in the classroom is always a little strange for me. It makes me realize that my children have these lives of their own and this is their daily “home away from home”. It also reminds me how vision affects learning and how much our children’s vision plays a part in their classroom experience. How do you know if your child’s vision is working to enhance his/her learning? Maybe it’s hindering your child’s learning. Let me briefly explain how vision affects learning and provide a few quick ways to flag it as a possible concern.
How Vision Affects Learning
Our vision begins developing before birth and continues until around six years old. During those years we are learning how to use our eyes and how to use them together. The information gathered from both eyes is used to process what we see and determine what to do with that new information. The two eyes need to work as a team to locate the desired object, keep our focus on it, and then process the information our brain gathers from it. Because 80% of our learning is through our visual system, it is a very important part of school. In fact, it’s thought that one in four children and adults suffer with these type of problems. The symptoms often look like ADD/ADHD, dyslexia or simply a slow learner.
Signs of Vision Problems – Checklist
A lack of eye teaming may be called a number of things, including amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, accommodative infacility. An examination by a developmental optometrist will identify the cause of the problem. The following symptoms checklist will help you identify if this could be a concern for your child -> Signs of Vision Problems – Checklist. If you see more than four areas that describe your son or daughter then you need to schedule a routine eye examination with a behavioral optometrist. To learn more about how vision affects learning you are welcome to attend one of my workshops, which are open to the public and free of charge. They are held once or twice a month and you can find the upcoming schedule at www.omnivisioncenter.com.
Dr Gregory is hosting an upcoming workshop entitled, The Vision and Learning Link. The workshop is December 11, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM hosted at Omni Vision and Learning Center in Monticello, MN. The event is free but space is limited. For more information see the flyer here.
August was National Children’s Vision and Learning Month.
Read more on how vision affects learning here.