Reading involves many visual skills that parents and teachers may not even be aware of. These include ocular motor control, scanning and visual perceptual discrimination. The good news is that visual strategies that involve movement promote brain development and learning.
It’s a paradox — children with autism may have incredible abilities to draw accurate scenes from memory. However, drawing skills with autistic preschoolers may be impacted by decreased attention, motivation, tactile defensiveness, pencil control, cognitive and motor planning skills. How can this be?
Providing early intervention in teaching special children enables therapists and educators to identify developmental delays and provide treatment and parent support. Every state provides early interventions services that include evaluation and therapies for children between 0-3 years of age.
Strabismus is caused when the external eye muscles don’t function normally-causing misalignment and/or eye turning. Treatment may include surgery, exercises, eye patching, the use of lenses, prisms or filters and therapy. Read on to learn more about Strabismus vision therapy options.
Brain gym activities can help children with or without learning disabilities enhance brain function for learning. The “Lazy Eight” and “Double Doodle” are designed to relax the eyes and develop coordination between the left and right sides of the brain and body while preparing students to write.
These brain gym movements will help children to improve focus, coordination, vision and memory. These are excellent exercises to be integrated into the classroom by teachers and occupational therapists.
The types and amount of assistive technology for students with visual impairments has grown over the years. Let’s review a few of the most commonly used products that enable students to access written materials.
Hypotonia impacts a baby’s postural control and motor learning. Therapeutic positioning and activities can help babies and toddlers with low muscle tone to develop gross, fine and oral motor skills.
Children with autism or other developmental disabilities often have difficulties developing a hand preference-impacting abiltiies to perform complex tasks. However, given the right activities, parents and educators can help these children overcome these challenges.
Adaptive seating and alternative positioning may help students with attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities and/or autism improve attention to school tasks.
Finally a social guide for students on the autism spectrum that is concrete, easy to read and fun. This guide spells out success for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, non-verbal learning disabilities and other social learning issues.
Visual perception is the brain’s interpretation of what one sees. We can observe its development as young children respond to the people and things that they see and grasp. But how do parents and teachers know when these skills are developing normally for special needs students?
Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for visual impairments that impact learning. Early evaluation and therapeutic interventions can help these children reach their full potential.