Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & Vision
Your child has been diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD. But should ADD/ADHD be a diagnosis of exclusion? Has your child been tested to see if poor visual skills contribute to or is causing your child’s symptoms and behaviors?
Over 80% of what we learn comes through vision. Imagine a world that is visually unstable: words may blur, move, double at any given moment. Trying to eliminate all this confusion may make your eyes hurt or give you headaches. Succeeding only briefly would be very frustrating. “Why are things so hard for me?” your child may complain.
Conditions such as POOR Eye teaming, Eye Tracking and Eye focusing may really be the reason your child behaves the way they do.
Scientific research has shown that many ADD/ADHD symptoms (as used on the Conner’s Parent Survey to diagnose ADD) are the same symptoms used to diagnose patients with Convergence Insufficiency (CI). A NIH funded research study* showed that treating CI can lead to significant improvements in parents’ rating of their child’s attention on the Conner’s survey. In other words, when the visual world was no longer confusing, attention to that world improved. Learn more about CI, and other visual conditions such as poor Eye tracking and poor Visual Processing that could be contributing to or causing your child’s inattentiveness and frustration.
* Click here to read the NIH research study
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