Approximately 1 out of every 4 children have trouble with learning and school performance due to a significant vision issue.
If any of the above sound familiar, it’s possible the issue behind the spelling troubles are related to your child’s visual skills. The good news is that there’s an entire field of developmental optometry which can help your child improve his visual skills in order to yield improved spelling results.
Vision plays an essential role in the way we process and understand written language, including spelling. It's important to remember that our eyes aren't just passive cameras capturing information; they are actively working with our brains to make sense of the world around us.
Our eyes send visual information to the brain, which then interprets this data. This coordination is critical for spelling. When we look at a word, our brain needs to recognize the shapes of letters and put them into the correct sequence to form a word. If there's a problem with eye alignment or eye teaming, the information sent to the brain may be inaccurate, affecting our ability to spell correctly.
Spelling also relies heavily on visual memory. We need to remember the shapes and orders of letters for countless words. Issues with visual memory can often lead to difficulties in spelling. For example, kids who struggle with visual memory might frequently reverse letters or mix up the sequence of letters in words.
The eyes also need to move smoothly across the text when reading or writing. This skill, known as tracking, is crucial for spelling. Poor tracking skills can result in missed or jumbled letters, making it hard to spell words correctly.
When a child has trouble with spelling it could be a frustrating experience for the parents, the teacher and of course for the child who is struggling. Taking your child or having a teacher advise a parent to take their child to a developmental optometrist for a specialized visual exam and assessment could be the key to helping this child improve his or her spelling skills and even excel in school performance. The developmental optometrist is able to detect if there are visual skills that require strengthening and can provide professional training to help the child maximize his or her visual system in order to treat the visual challenges that the child is experiencing when trying to spell.
Spelling involves many skills including the integration of language, visual, and motor skills.
A developmental optometrist is experienced in working with children to train and strengthen their visual skills, enabling them to excel at spelling and other tasks with greater ease and efficiency, breaking down the barriers that previously caused them so much frustration when trying to spell. To schedule a developmental eye exam, you can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.