After your skills have been assessed, the findings will be compiled to help gain a better understanding of your visual capabilities and how these skills can affect your reading and learning. After all the data has been assembled, you will be come back into the office for consultation with our Center Director, and our findings will be reviewed with you. At that time, the Center Director will go over any treatment recommendations, as necessary.
The following categories are essential to develop learning skills for success. Each of our therapy programs provide our students with an insightful learning experience to enhance each of these skills. Integration and utilization of these tools gives you the key to open any door. Our programs are based on research from the National Institutes of Health. An excellent article regarding this research is entitled Cracking the Code. Much of our work is also based on the 2001 Harvard Education Forum and the 1999 national PTA resolution. Click here for our recommended reading list of books related to our therapy.
* We 1. Assess, 2.Teach and 3. Develop your processing skills *
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1. Attention - this is the ability to attend, sustain and divide concentration on a given task whenever needed.
2. Balance Integration - successful learning involves the integration and timing of both hemispheres of the brain as well as the integration of vestibular, visual, kinesthetic and tactile senses.
3. Timing - Rhythm - Motor Planning - these skills are tremendously important in order for our left and right brain to communicate between each other. Deficits in timing will affect many learning processes.
4. Tracking Training - this is the ability to visually track across a line of print without losing place, skipping words or lines. This fundamental learned skill is often lacking.
5. Binocularity Training - this is the ability for both eyes to coordinate together for sustained periods of time. Many times one eye will drift and result in visual confusion. This can lead to many learning relates issues.
6. Accommodation - this is the ability for your eyes to quickly focus between a far and near image. Accomodation is commonly used in the classroom for students to be able to adjust their focus from the whiteboard to their own desk.
7. Bilateral Integration - this refers to the ability for both sides of your body to work together in a coordinated manner during tasks.
8. Phonological Awareness - means understanding that speech is made up of individual sounds, or phonemes, arranged in a particular sequence. Excellent spelling skills are directly related to your sense of phonological awareness.
9. Auditory and Visual Memory - this is the ability to remember what is seen and what is heard. This is one of the most essential skills to be a successful learner.
10. Speed of Processing - this gives us the ability to work at a fast and efficient pace when being challenged with life's daily tasks, whether it be in a classroom or any other cognitively stressful situation.
11. Imagery and Visualization - are two skills that allow us to manipulate information in our own thought processes in order to produce valid responses. This learned skill directly relates to visual memory.
12. Fine Motor Coordination - this directly relates to eye-hand coordination and having strong penmanship skills.
13. Learning Style Awareness - it is extremely important to be aware of the way that you learn material. Every person takes in information a little differently then the next.
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