Discovering Vision Therapy Blog

End the Homework Horrors: Visual Secrets to Help Kids Succeed in School

To solve the nightly homework struggles of her children, Dr. Brenda Montecalvo decided to use her knowledge as a developmental optometrist to find a solution. The results were three highly successful kids—and now a book that's available to help other parents have similar success.

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Topics: Vision and Learning, Visual Skills, Vision and Reading

Screen-Free Activities and Toys for Kids: Fun Ways to Build Visual Skills

During these days of COVID-19 self-isolation, parents are looking for screen-free activities for their children.  The developmental optometrists at The Vision Therapy Center have created a list that’s both fun and builds visual skills.

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Topics: Visual Skills

Could Controlling Eye Movements Help Control ADHD?

A study has revealed strong evidence that involuntary eye movement could be a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It has also reinforced what we’ve known for a long time: If kids can control their eye movements, it will improve their attention span.

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Topics: Vision Therapy, Functional Vision Problems, Visual Skills, ADD - ADHD

The Surprising Reason Why You Suffer From Motion Sickness


Motion sickness is both an unpleasant and a misunderstood condition. Many people who experience it don’t know why the body reacts the way it does, or that its root cause may actually be a functional vision problem.

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Topics: Functional Vision Problems, Visual Skills, Symptoms of Functional Vision Problems

3 Visual Skills Every Parent Should Know About

The parents of children struggling in school have got it tough. We can help them by clearly communicating the potential issues that might be facing their children -- especially functional vision problems.

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Topics: Visual Skills

Studying Too Much or Not at All: How Vision Leads Behavior

Can developmental optometrists predict the future? No, but they can predict the future behavior patterns of their patients. That’s because vision leads behavior, a fact which helps us understand the reason behind academic and social struggles in children.

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Topics: Vision and Learning, Visual Skills

The Key to Overcoming Your Functional Vision Problem

When it comes to any health problem, it's the symptoms that facilitate resolution. Symptoms are like a road map, steering us toward effective solutions. Sometimes these symptoms are quite clear – they tell us with no uncertainty what is ailing. Other times our symptoms can be far more ambiguous. With functional vision problems, this kind of ambiguity is common -- its symptoms are routinely misinterpreted, leading to misdiagnosis.

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Topics: Vision and Learning, Functional Vision, Double Vision, Functional Vision Problems, The Vision Therapy Center, Developmental Optometrist, Dr. Kellye Knueppel, Directionality, Visual Skills, Symptoms of Functional Vision Problems

Vision Therapy Success - From Hating Reading to Loving It

Anna Nelson was in 7th grade when she realized her vision wasn’t as clear as it used to be. Her optometrist said everything was fine, but for Anna, the everyday struggles were very real.

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Topics: Success Stories, Reading Problems, Functional Vision Problems, Visual Skills

Are Hidden Vision Problems Holding You Back in Sports?

As summer approaches, so does a student athlete’s off-season conditioning. While coaches tend to emphasize weightlifting and sprints, addressing hidden vision problems could be another way to up your game.

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Topics: Sports and Vision, Visual Skills, Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

How Poor Eye Movements Can Create Learning Problems

Parents and doctors may label a child’s learning or attention difficulties as ADD/ADHD. However, you might be surprised to learn that poor control of eye movements can cause similar symptoms.

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Topics: Functional Vision Problems, Visual Skills