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How Do I Know If My Child Has a Visually-Related Learning Problem?

Vision problems can have a detrimental effect on your child's learning and classroom performance. If your child exhibits one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below and is having problems in school, he or she may have a visually-related learning problem.

Has a short attention span
Learns better verbally than visually
Reads slow
Understands the material, but does not perform well on tests
Holds books very close to face
Tilts or turns head while reading
Covers one eye when reading
Blinks or squints excessively when doing work up close
Poor posture when reading or writing
Moves head back and forth while reading instead of moving only eyes
Poor attention span
Eyestrain or fatigue after continued reading or computer work
Takes an unsually long time to complete homework
Double vision, especially during or after reading
Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
Must use a marker to keep place when reading
Writes up or down hill, or irregularly spaces letters or words
Reverses letters (b for d) or letters within words (saw for was)
Repeatedly omits "small" words
Re-reads or skips words or lines without knowing
Fails to recognize the same word in the next sentence
Mis-aligns digits in columns of numbers
Frequent headaches or eyestrain after reading
Burning or itching eyes after prolonged visual activities
Rubs eyes during or after short periods of reading
Poor reading comprehension
Lacks visualization (can't describe what they have been reading about)
Poor eye hand coordination when catching a ball