Attend a seminar.

The Developmental Vision Center offers Vision Therapy free seminars to help people learn more about the benefits of vision therapy. In a lively, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to assess, test for, and distinguish visual conditions that keep many children from doing well in school. You’ll have an opportunity to practice tests on other participants, ask questions, and meet with others who work with children with learning problems.

seminar.jpgEvery parent wants their child to be successful in school. But as many as 25 percent of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from attaining their highest level of success. Four of five classroom hours involve doing near vision work less than arm's length from a child's eyes. Many children and adults cannot handle such intense, prolonged near vision work.

Some children lose vision to nearsightedness; others avoid near vision work and do poorly at school. Some children struggle along, reading and re-reading passages to comprehend them, still others get headaches or score low on reading assignments.

Optometric research has proven many ways to deal with learning-related vision problems. Sometimes in simple, direct ways lenses help; in more complex cases, re-training the child to see efficiently will result in increased ability to comprehend. Vision research has shown ways to prevent or reduce permanent vision loss to nearsightedness, and turn children who "hate" or avoid reading into content and interested readers.

More than 20 percent of students have vision problems that interfere with learning. Common visual limitations that make reading an ordeal are often found in the early grades where learning to read becomes reading to learn.

Since 80 percent of all school work involves reading, writing or other prolonged near-vision work, school can become an ordeal for both child and parent.

How can you tell whether your child's vision is really ready for school?

Here's a seminar in which you will learn about learning-related vision problems and how to test for and identify them. You'll have time to ask questions and learn what can be done to alleviate these conditions.