Therapist providing treatment:
Sight is one of our most important senses and any deficit in vision can affect a child’s ability to learn and engage in daily activities. Visual disorders in children can include both deficits in their visual acuity and in their visual field. Visual acuity includes how clearly you can see small details both up close and far away. If a child’s visual acuity is impacted it can affect his or her ability to read, navigate through a crowd, button a shirt, etc. Visual field refers to your ability to see all of your surroundings, including your peripheral vision. If a child’s visual field is impacted it can affect his or her ability to read and write, safely mobilize in the community, complete dressing and hygiene tasks, etc.
Within occupational therapy we are able to help teach children and their family strategies to improve their ability to be successful at home, in school, and out in the community. Below are some of the skills and strategies occupational therapy focuses on. While the first strategy specifically addresses visual perception, success in the other areas may also be enhanced if visual deficits are addressed.
- Visual perceptual strategies to improve the ability to safely mobilize throughout the community, read, and write
- Activities of daily living strategies including dressing, brushing teeth, bathing, feeding, toileting, etc.
- Sensory processing strategies to promote successful interaction with auditory, tactile, proprioceptive, and visual input
- Fine and gross motor strategies to increase the ability to successfully write, complete self-care tasks, play, etc.
- Executive function strategies to improve the ability to organize and plan out activities
- Social skill development to improve the ability to successfully interact with peers and family members
Our occupational therapists evaluate and treat children with visual disorders so that we can remove barriers and improve participation at home, school, or in the community. We look at each child’s unique abilities and work together with the child and their family to address any concerns and promote independence.