Roughly 80% of what students learn is visual, so our vision therapy clinic is vital to improving outcomes of learning problems. We also find that in some children, there are other issues that may prevent effective functioning in the classroom to take place.
If your child has been diagnosed with a learning problem, you may have multiple referrals, multiple diagnoses and multiple therapy recommendations. How do you know what to do?
Step 1: Take a deep breath! Many diagnoses, especially when related to learning, are best suited by involvement of many specialties. The more evaluations that are done, the better you will be able to sort out the root or roots of the problem. Embrace the fact that you are on the way to solving the problem.
Step 2: Communicate!! Each provider needs to know the results of each evaluation. All of the systems of our bodies work together. One part DOES affect the other. Each specialist will gain a better understanding by knowing all the pieces that make up the big picture. This includes everyone from the pediatrician (medicines), Optometrists, educators, therapists and nutritionists.
Step 3: Be your child’s advocate. No one knows your child better than you do. If something doesn’t make sense, then ask questions to clarify. Give as much detail to the nature of the problem and behaviors. Behaviors will always help you identify the problem, since it is your child’s way of expressing a problem. You may need to prioritize therapies, especially if multiple therapies are needed. Discuss any barriers to your child receiving services that are needed.
Lastly, learning related problems are best solved with a step wise approach involving a multidisciplinary team. Open communication and direction from the primary caregiver or parent can help ensure successful treatment.