How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child's Potential: Identifying and Overcoming Blocks to Concentration, Self-Esteem and School Success with Vision Therapy

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Joel H Warshowsky

  • How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child's Potential

160 pages
ISBN: 9781849058810

Visual dysfunctions can limit children's concentration, self esteem and school success as they struggle to understand fundamentals such as colours, letters and how to judge distance.

With the right help, these obstacles can be overcome, allowing children to reach their full potential and see the world clearly. This accessible book explores how visual problems develop and how they can be reversed through effective and efficient visual therapy. It breaks down myths surrounding visual dysfunction and explains in straightforward terms the various conditions that could be impacting a child's perception, even if they have perfect sight. The visual therapy used in behavioral optometry retrains the brain to perform visual skills more effectively. In these pages there is clear guidance on the array of therapies, techniques and aids available, all of which can make a profound difference to a child's life.

This introductory guide to behavioral optometry will be a welcome resource for parents and professionals in search of options to help a child who is experiencing visual problems.

  • Accessible overview of options for addressing visual problems in children
  • Explains how treatments can improve attention, self esteem and academic success
  • Empowers parents and professionals working with children struggling with failure to overcome visual obstacles
  • Written by Behavioral Optometrist and pioneering academic with over 35 years' experience

Table of Contents


Introduction: My Vision for this Book.

Part I. Understanding Vision in Children: Background and Basics.

  1. Understanding the Effects of the "Failure Syndrome" in a child.
  2. Convergence: What is it and Why is it Important.
  3. The Difference Between Good Eyesight and Functional Vision.

Part II. Overcoming Blocks and Unlocking Potential: What is Vision Therapy and When is it Needed?.

  1. Vision Therapy: History and How it Works.
  2. How Vision Therapy Can Aid Learning.
  3. Vision Therapy and Learning Disabilities.
  4. The Role of the Behavioral Optometrist in the Child Study Team.
  5. Vision Therapy and Occupational Therapy: A Co-joined Approach.

Part III. Specific Vision problems and Behavioral Optometric Interventions.

  1. Types of Lenses and How They Help.
  2. Some Specific Vision Problems: Nearsightedness, Strabismus, and Amblyopia.

Epilogue: When I was Twelve.


  • A Sample Letter.
  • Visual Function Self Test.
  • Exercises That May Be Done At Home.
  • If you have Questions.
  • Suggested Reading.
  • Glossary.