Sunday, June 6, 2010
Today, Bubs and I braved the elements to attend his vision therapy screening. Going into the appointment I didn't know if I should be praying that he has a vision problem or not. If the learning difficulties are visual then the issue can be fix with glasses. Seems like an easy fix to me. But if the problem is not visual, then we have other problems that are internal.
Well, Bubs has perfect vision. His eyes are doing exactly what they should be doing. I am very thankful.
Yet, I feel down. What we are dealing with is a visual perception problem. He has a problem translating to the brain what he sees through his eyes. Not simply fixed with a pair of glasses. As the optometrist put it "The hardware is a there but there is a software problem." In explanation, the hardware is all there (his eyes work correctly) but the software is having malfunctions (what he sees is not translating to his brain correctly.)
I believe that this is much more common than teachers and parents realize. Could you imagine trying to read when every letter that you see is messed up?
A lot of people ask me "What is Bubs seeing?". Good question.
We haven't totally figured it out. We know that he sees diagonal lines backwards and most shapes backwards. We are working to correct that. Everything else, we aren't sure about. He has some "closure" issues but we are unsure to what extent. For example: If Bubs has to chose the matching drawing from a list of different drawings, he chooses the one that has one line missing or is not closed.
Through the use of visual perception worksheets and activities we are hoping to fix these things in his brain. All of these items are on the ABC Jesus Loves Me website for free.
Block Activities: Building with blocks and noticing what is missing.
Block to Block Direct Match: This is an activity that I learned through visual therapy. Because there are so many wonderful developmental points to this activity, I have added it to the 4 & 5 Year Curriculum. Plus, it is fun!
Visual Perception Worksheets: I created these worksheets after having a hard time finding worksheets to use with Bubs.
Also included on the ABCJLM website: Lacing, Mazes and Dot to Dots, Misc Activities, and Roll a Picture Games
Categories: Visual Perception