Vision therapy at home is a cost effective way of helping a child with learning disabilities. It involves training the visual skills required for effective learning, and can be a powerful ally in the struggle to help children to learn reading, writing and spelling. Being home based creates a challenging situation for the optotmetrist because they are not in control of the therapies, yet it provides convenience and ease fot eh parents and the child.
The Advantages of Vision Therapy at Home
Not all vision therapy can be done at home effectively, because it requires equipment and understanding far beyond what the average parent can obtain. This is especially true of therapies which target huge visual problems like lazy eyes or turned eyes, especially if neurological problems are involved such as is often the case with eyes that turn inwards.
However, despite obvious limitations, there are many advantages of vision therapy at home for parents of children with learning disabilities.
It is Convenient: Unlike in office therapies home based ones can be dome at any time, day or night without appointment. You can blend it with mornign activities, homework or the various commitments children have.
No Travel Required: No appointments or travel to appointments are needed. It is done at home where child and parents are comfortable, which can help the efficiency of the therapies.
It’s Available Everywhere: Millions of people in the world do not live near a behavioural optometrist and as such have no access to their services, including vision therapy. But home based therapies are available to parents anywhere in the world, at any time. They can visit their local optometrist for an eye test, then access specialized vision therapy at home to help their child’s learning.
It is Cost Effective: At a behavioural optometrist vision therapy may cost thousands of dollars over a number of months, including the visits, the homework and assessments. is often a much more effective product, so for the cost of six weeks in office therapy you are able to get an 8 month program, for example.
It is Transferable: Any child with learning disabilities may benefit from a home based therapy program, so the same ideas and techniques can be transfered to other children too. With our program, many parents have involved the siblings of the child they are targeting and been able to see improvement in the learning abilities of all children, all for the same price.
It is Fun! Do you enjoy doing homework with your child? Is it fun or it is a screaming match? From your child’s point of view, you are asking them to do something they hate and are no good at, after already spending the entire day at school doing stuff they hate and are no good at! Any wonder your child reacts with frustration and anger!
However, homework does not have to be like that! If you invest some time in training the skills your child needs to learn, you can make homework a time of the enjoyable pursuit of knowledge. Give them the skills they need and you can change their attitude to reading and homework. They will feel good about themselve and have a sense of achievement, and that’s what vision therapy at home can do for you.
You asking them to do boring, traditional vision therapy at home cause pretty much the same response that homework does. This is the reason I have spent years designing and discovering fun games that develop the skills children need to learn.