These days it seems everyone has heard of ADD. It is being diagnosed with increasing frequency in both children and adults. Often times this is an improper diagnosis, resulting in inappropriate treatment. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD and vision-related learning difficulties are similar. If you check off several items on the following checklist, the Vision Improvement Program can help.
You observe the following behavior in your child:
- one eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other (look carefully -- this can be subtle). This is significant even if it only occurs when the child is tired or stressed.
- turns or tilts head to see
- the head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
- squinting or closing or covering of one eye
- excessive blinking or squinting
- short attention span
- daydreaming in class
- poor handwriting
- poor visual/motor skills (often called "hand-eye coordination")
- problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things
- clumsiness on the playground or at home
While reading or doing close work your child:
- holds the book or object unusually close
- closes one eye or covers eye with hand
- twists or tilts head toward book or object so as to favor one eye
- frequently loses the place and fatigues easily
- uses a finger to read
- rubs eyes during or after short periods of reading
- reversals when reading (i.e., "was" for "saw", "on" for "no", etc.)
- reversals when writing (b for d, p for q, etc.)
- omitting small words
- confusing small words
- transposition of letters and numbers (12 for 21, etc.)
- loss of place when reading, line to line and word to word.
- child's ability to learn verbally surpasses his ability to learn visually.
Your child frequently complains of:
- only being able to read for short periods of time
- headaches or eyestrain
- nausea or dizziness
- motion sickness
- DOUBLE VISION!