Friday, November 1, 2013

Learning disabilities in young children actually could be vision problem

Learning disabilities in young children actually could be vision problem


If not caught early, children’s vision problems may be mistaken for learning disabilities in the classroom, according to new research from a University of Lethbridge professor.
Noella Piquette, a U of L professor in the faculty of education, and Charles Boulet, a Diamond Valley optometrist, have been studying how young children’s vision affects how they learn. They’ve found that even sight problems that are usually imperceptible to children and their parents can make it much more difficult for the young students to keep up in school. Common eye screening tests – reading aloud shrunken letters of the alphabet – rarely catch these kinds of eye conditions in children, according to the study, recently published in the journal Optometry and Visual Performance.
Fewer than 15 per cent of children have their vision tested when they start school, even though 80 per cent of school learning is visual, Piquette said.....

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