Kids with visual processing issues have trouble making sense of information taken in through their eyes. If you recently found out your child has visual processing issues, there are lots of things you can do to help your child thrive in school and in life. Here are the next steps you can take.
Learn all you can about visual processing issues.
Look into therapies and treatments for vision processing issues.
Get to know the terms doctors and specialists use when discussing visual processing issues. Then talk to your child’s doctor and any specialists about what may help your child.
It’s important to be an “informed consumer” when exploring treatment or therapy for visual processing issues. You may want to keep handy this list of questions to ask treatment providers. Some pediatric optometrists may recommend vision therapy for your child. Keep in mind that it’s a controversial treatment and not all professionals view it as scientifically valid. Look into other treatment options, too. For instance, educational therapy can help your child find strategies to work around specific school challenges.
Discuss supports and services for visual processing issues with the school.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Understand the possible emotional impact.
Having learning and attention issues can also have an effect on your child’s emotions. In some cases, there’s even a higher risk for mental health issues. Learn about the signs of anxiety and depression. Don’t wait to contact your child’s doctor if you have any concerns.
Find ways to help with your child’s visual processing issues at home.
Kids with visual processing issues can struggle with certain everyday skills, like judging personal space or managing time. Try different techniques for teaching personal space, including “the elbow rule” or a cool approach with a hula-hoop. Explore Tech Finder to find apps to help kids with time management, reading and more.
You may find that color-coding helps your child. Or writing notes and other information in large, clear letters. You can work on improving visual processing skills in fun ways, too. Try reading Where’s Waldo? together or playing visual games like Spot It.
Find support for visual processing issues.
Stay in touch with the school.