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How do you handle perceptual problems?

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Joined: Sep 22, 2007
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Posted Feb 03, 2009 at 3:22:44 PM
Subject: How do you handle perceptual problems?

My daughter has severe dyslexia, CAPD, Visusal perceptual issues and processing issues. We're trying to figure out the best solution for resolving these issues. She is 12 y.o. reading/comprehending at the second grade level. She can decode at the mid 3rd grade level but comprehension drops off significantly. The visual perceptual test given recently by the OT indicates that she is at the 2% level across the board except for visual memory which is around 70's. Visual motor is also at the 2% level, but it is assumed that this is r/t Visual perceptual issues since my daughter can hold a pencil correctly and forms her letters fairly well etc. There are some tracking issues (excessive convergence, crossing the midline and excess head movement). She is fairly good at attending to tasks, but any type of Visual perceptual activity tends to leave her eyes greatly fatigued. She has trouble breaking down tasks and also generalizing from one task to the next. Everything needs to be started at the beginning. This is true also when working with numbers etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions regarding how to address this?

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Posted:Feb 12, 2009 8:26:17 PM

I would make very sure that she does not have a subclinical attention dysfunction.. often not apparent to the human eye. Shawitz team from Yale have posted research last Oct or Nov. about the attention breakdowns in Dyslexic kids.

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Posted:Feb 13, 2009 9:31:05 AM

Visual fatigue can be caused by a number of issues. Therapy for the tracking issues could greatly reduce the eye fatigue.

Another thing to look into is Irlen Syndrome which can cause severe eye strain/fatigue and interfere greatly with the ability to read. The time and amount that my daughter can read has greatly increased since her dx of Irlen. I also have an adult friend who always thought her reading issues were related to her ADD. She had testing done for Irlen a few years ago and found out that she has it. Getting the colors sorted out for her has made a huge difference and her reading speed has increased greatly. (She could read well, just not quickly and tired easily. She is also a teacher for ABE students at a local college.)

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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