Parents and educators tend to be the first people who will determine if there is a need for vision therapy for children. Once they understand the telltale symptoms, such as handwriting issues, they can spot children who may have a vision problem.
For example, my wife Sharon is a fourth-grade teacher. Within the first week or two of school, she can identify potential vision problems with her students based on their performance in the classroom. While she cannot actually diagnose the vision problem, the signs and symptoms are usually an excellent indication that the student needs a Functional Vision Exam.
One area in which vision problems manifest is in a child’s handwriting. Take a look at some handwriting issues experienced by students with vision problems:
These are some examples of how handwriting can be affected by a vision problem. However, another common symptom is that a child has very neat handwriting, but they’re very slow when it comes to actually writing.
As you examine your child’s handwriting, look for the other symptoms typical of vision problems. Some typical symptoms include rubbing eyes, having watery eyes or avoiding writing. Children may also suffer from headaches or have a short attention span while writing. There is a long list of symptoms of vision problems: As a parent or educator, you should become familiar with the telltale signs.
To determine if your child has a vision problem, your next step should be to schedule a Functional Vision Test.
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