“Does your child appear bright,intelligent and articulate but is unable to read, write or spell at grade level? Is there trouble computing in Maths?
Is your child easily annoyed, withdrawn, inattentive in class or disruptive?
Does your child have trouble concentrating on the work set?
These are only a few of the many characteristics of what is called dyslexia and different children have different characteristics to different degrees.
Children assume that what they can see is normal and rarely complain because they would not know what to complain about. Even teachers do not always realize that a child’s eye sight could be at fault.
A child can easily become disadvantaged educationally and socially, often affecting their entire life, should this state of affairs continue without intervention.
At Buck and Todd Optometrist we can determine if your child suffers Dyslexia and work with you to resolve each of the components which may be preventing your child attaining proficiency with reading.
Generally we always start with the input system (your eyes and how they co-ordinate). Binocular vision needs to be evaluated in detail to determine how well it functions and how much reserve the system has to cope with long periods of close work. Without good ocular co-ordination effective reading cannot be achieved.
Using the Dyslexia Determination test we can ascertain how well your child responds when reading words from sight memory, and phonetically as well as determining spatial awareness skills and reversal frequencies.
Helping a child with Dyslexia can require a multidisciplinary approach. We are able to determine whether your child has auditory or visual processing difficulties and if there are retained primitive reflexes which may be preventing your child from performing tasks efficiently and comfortably.
We can refer those who require assistance from Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists as required, and direct those we can help further into Vision Therapy.
We are the only centre north of Brisbane with an Intuitive Colorimeter and access to the Wilkins Rate of Reading test. Many people with reading difficulties benefit from coloured filters to reduce pattern glare. We are able to determine the precise colour hue and saturation required to maximise the comfort that can be achieved through use of colour.
There is neuroplasticity in the brain especially in children and through vision therapy it can be trained to overcome the deficit in translating the image seen into usable information. Vision therapy develops a link between vision, hearing, motor and speech centres of the brain and increases the capacity of your child to achieve coding and reading.
Word and letter reversal is normal for small children. By age eight, however, reversals should not be prevalent. If present they can be caused by problems with vision and can be remedied with vision therapy.