Unmasking Autism and Vision
Did you know that 1 in every 66 children in Canada are diagnosed with Autism?
Individuals with autism use their visual space differently due to developmental delays that has them react more quickly to their side vision (faster system). The slower, focusing, central system doesn't have a chance against the faster side vision response. This explains the lack of eye contact, staring at spinning objects, side ways viewing, stimming using objects or hands, and difficulty with attention.
Vision Therapy reduces these visual spatial dysfunctions through an individually prescribed program that can change the way people with autism see and perceive their world. Custom programs are designed and meant to normalize and improve visual abilities, like focusing, teaming, movements, and perception.
Here are some things that can be prescribed by the neuro-optometrist to help the patient:
- therapeutic lenses
- Syntonic filters and special tints on lenses
The earlier children with autism have a visual exam and begin therapy, the faster the improvement and overall chances for success.
Children with autism can have motor, sensory, language, and social delays. Their vision problems affect cognitive abilities, speech and language, emotional development, and social development.Poor spatial awareness and lack of eye contact makes socializing difficult, but Vision Therapy is the bridge that helps with expression of imagination!