Category Archives: pediatric

The Functional Effects of Nystagmus

What is nystagmus? Nothing can appear so disruptive as eyes that are constantly moving. As therapist’s, we become very concerned as we attempt to imagine how a child with nystagmus sees the universe and the functional affects of these constantly … Continue reading

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Visual Perception

Of visual perception There are many assumptions made about a student’s performance on visual perception tests. After all, these tests give norm’ed results which can be helpful in goal making and possibly help identify a potential cause for an academic … Continue reading

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“Is it a vision problem?”

Does this child have a visually-based problem? Our children present with a vast array of problems affecting their development and academics. Sensory problems, trauma, autism, behavior, ADHD and the list goes on. Our children get assessed by OTs, and PTs, … Continue reading

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Autism and Vision

Autism and Sight There has been several recently published articles on autism with some dysfunctions being found at a higher rate than in the neuro-typical population. One study, published in January 2017, found consistently that children with autism reacted slower … Continue reading

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Common Birth to 3 Vision Conditions

Vision Birth to Three The visual system at birth is very immature. After all, our new born has been a a dark environment since conception! Acuity develops over time as does the accuracy of eye movements. Age (months) Skill 1 … Continue reading

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Fine motor skills and vision

Does binocular vision affect fine motor ability? Occupational therapy has been treating fine motor problems since the beginning of the profession. From tying shoes to buttoning to handwriting, when children or adults have difficulty with this, occupational therapy is referred. … Continue reading

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Letter Reversals

Letter Reversals Letter reversals are frequently an area of concern for parents as their child begins to learn writing and reading. Reversals are often viewed as a sign of dyslexia and are surrounded by myth. Here are the facts on … Continue reading

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Equipment for Vision Rehabilitation

“What tools do I need to perform basic vision rehab interventions in my clinic?” The first thing one needs is information. Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits-A Guide for Occupational Therapists¬†would be a wise investment. Dr. Scheiman’s book explains assessing and … Continue reading

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Convergence Tasks for Therapists

The Z axis As therapists, we recognize the importance of mid-line crossing to help with primitive reflexes.¬† Reaching lateral outside of the base of support challenges balance and posture. But to exercise convergence, the therapist must turn their favorite activity … Continue reading

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Sensory Modulated Postural Dysfunction

Posture and Vision The magnocellular tract plays an important role in posture. It provides visual information that allows for spontaneous adjustment of posture and muscle tone as the environment changes. Integration of vestibular information with this visual information helps keep … Continue reading

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