Visual Processing Disorders and Occupational Therapy ?
When you go to the eye doctor, the optometrist examines the health of the eye and its surrounding structures and assesses visual acuity, or how sharp your vision is. Neurodevelopmental optometrists and occupational therapists are trained to evaluate and treat visual processing disorders in order to identify the functional impairment (i.e., what is the visual processing disorder harming your ability to do?).
Visual processing is the term used for the way your brain receives and interprets the information seen by your eyes. There are many facets of visual processing that are taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
A child with a visual processing disorder may have difficulty in his or her daily routine. Because vision is used in conjunction with our movements, the eye-hand coordination may be impacted by a problem with visual processing. This can affect a child’s handwriting, ability to kick or catch a ball, and possibly dress him or herself. If you suspect your child may benefit from occupational therapy services to address these skills, please call Innovative Speech and Language Pathology at (310) 933-1265 or send us an email at email@example.com for a free consultation at our Beverly Hills clinic.
Katherine Walczuk, MA, OTR/L