from The Diary of a First Grade Teacher
Visual problems can occur at any age, but what if your child is too young to recognize there's a problem?
If your school-aged child appears to be healthy, but is having difficulty in ANY subject area, you should – as a starting point - look for possible physical problems.
A good place to start is by answering this question …
Are you sure you child can SEE properly?
Problem Reading? Problem Writing?
While most first graders learn to read, to write, and to work simple math problems, some children definitely have visual problems ...
And this prevents them from doing their best - and enjoying it!
How can they grow to love learning if there's a problem?
Is she having difficulty in reading?
Is she able to write legibly on lined paper?
Experts have determined that more than 80% of learning is presented visually ...
So what - if anything - can you do if the written word on a page looks like smeared ink blots to your child?
To make sure she can see clearly, you must observe closely ...
What To Look For …
Exactly what do you look for? If your child shows one or more of the following signs - or if she is having problems in school - be sure to make an appointment with a professional right away:
Vision Affects Learning
Remember, your child can have 20/20 visual acuity and still have visual problems. Here are some other vision-related problems that can affect performance:
It’s important to remember that vision can change - within a year - for better or for worse. While the child’s vision may have been fine in Kindergarten, is she struggling now?
It’s true that a child’s eyes should be FULLY developed by the preteen years, but by that time, it’s too late for certain eye and visual problems to be corrected.
So if there’s any question at all, don’t hesitate to make the appointment for your child to see a professional.
And BE SURE TO ASK THEM to test for near AND far-sightedness!