from Captain Jim Vol. 9 2009 WELCOME to the Vision and Learning Institute Newsletter! In this edition we have included several interesting topics for adults and children. The Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) article and the Spelling Program. Traditionally CVS has been discussed in the context of adults as there is a correlation between the time spent on the computer and the impact of CVS. It is now obvious that more of us are subjected to computers at the work place, home and school. For the children it is now more likely that they spend sometime everyday watching a screen, playing a game, texting or using social networking. So it is important that we all ensure that our visual systems are up to the tasks for all age groups! You can read more about Computer Vision Syndrome on page 3. Contents The revised Spelling Program has long been one of our most successful programs for children 8 yrs and older. Many young adults and workers can also Welcome 1 benefit from these programs. So if you want to trust yourself and not use the spell check on your computer and phone, then why not consider booking yourself in New Technology 1 for a program. A full assessment of your visual profile and a Dyslexia Determination Test (DDT) is all that is required to identify your suitability. For more information about the DDT and the Spelling Program please refer to page DDT Test 2 2. We would also like to acknowledge and welcome our new Vision and Learning Spelling Progress 2 Institute families from Naracoorte. Naracoorte Primary School have been using Program the Screening Test on their students and will be screening all reception students in the future. They have had a lot of success in identifying children with Vision difficulties and we have been able to provide these children with complete Visual Solutions. We will also be holding seminars in Broken Hill and the Yorke Product 3 Peninsula in the coming months. If you would like to get your school involved, we Update - Zaditen hold 3 FREE seminars every term and you can read more about this on page 3. Computer Vision 3 We look forward to seeing you again soon! Syndrome Yours Sincerely, Teacher’s 3 Jim Kenefick Seminar Kids Corner 4 Jim Kenefick B Optom FACBO DIRECTOR OF OPTOMETRIC SERVICES Contact Details 4 NEW Technology!!! Eye Movement Recording Equipment We have recently purchased new equipment that will categorise the eye movements quality for reading tasks. The test involves wearing special goggles and the software will analyze the eye movements during simple reading tasks. You may qualify for a benefit (first 100 clients to book in) will get 35% discount. We will be adding this to our initial testing for all children over 7 yrs of age. Dyslexia Determination Test Dyslexia is a term used to describe most types of learning problems. However this is not how Dyslexia is viewed by everyone. At the Vision and Learning Institute, we primarily view these symptoms as “Visual Issues” rather than “Dyslexia Issues” and therefore aim to take a practical approach to treating the Visual Dyslexia symptoms by initially addressing the visual aspects of literacy skills, that is the ‘physical’ or ‘mechanical’ visual skills. Developed by Griffen and Walton, the Dyslexia Determination Test (DDT) is used to investigate specific aspects of language problems relating to reading, writing and spelling. The tests are designed to screen some of the more important sub components of Dyslexia. For older children and adults, we find that the DDT provides a good overview of their individual learning style and relative strengths and weaknesses. The results will indicate the type of therapy or assistance that will help overcome the difficulties. The test is conducted by one of our Vision Therapists and takes approximately 45 minutes at a small cost of $70. The results will sometimes indicate very clearly that a full Psychometric Assessment is necessary to fully investigate the dyslexia and we will be happy to arrange an appropriate referral. Two of the exciting options we have developed and recently refined are the Spelling Program and the 20 Week Developmental Learning Program. These are two great options when the DDT indicates relative weakness in the Visual Skills and Visual Processing areas of the tests. So if you have concerns on your child's progress, or if there are areas of their work that they are still struggling with then contact our office and enquire about the DDT test or one of our programs. Updated Spelling Progress Program Is your child reading better but still having spelling problems?... Then we may have the answer! Updated programs to assist spelling are NOW AVAILABLE! Spelling problems are complex to solve. There are many components to spelling, for example: Component: What Is Needed: Who Can Help: Word Recognition - Visual memory Vision and Learning Institute Word Decoding / Encoding - Sequential Processing Speech Therapy and Tutoring & Language Development Spelling Rules - Educational Input Teaching & Tutoring Visualisation - Visual Skill Vision and Learning Institute By 8 years of age most children have had sufficient educational input to be able to spell. The developmental and language experience is usually set (except of course for children who have English as a second language). The Visualisation approach can dramatically assist children who have had typically development and input yet still struggle. We have found clinically that our program is most effective for children 8 years and over. For younger children, more developmental and sequencing skills are required. This is best addressed with one of our specifically tailored 20 week programs and may also require Educational tutoring and Speech Language programs. Our Spelling Progress Program is designed for children that can spell but have a lot of difficulty progressing their spelling level. Typically teachers and parents are concerned with the child's inconsistencies with their spelling. For example the child can manage to get most spelling words right for a test but seem to resort to phonetically spelling the words less than a week later. Often these children have good sight words and therefore can read ok, but their spelling level is well below their reading level. If this sounds like your child then we encourage you to take part in the Spelling Progress Program. Contact the Vision and Learning Institute on 8344 3338 for more information! Page 2 Computer Vision Syndrome Do you get headaches or eyestrain from staring at your computer monitor? At the end of a long day in front of your Zaditen, a fast and long acting allergy eye computer screen, is it difficult to focus drop is now available over the counter! on distant objects? Zaditen is a triple action You may be suffering from Computer anti-allergy eye drop that is now available without prescription. Vision Syndrome (CVS) Computer Vision Syndrome is a serious Zaditen relieves symptoms in problem for millions of people who spend minutes, last up to 12 hours and hours in front of a computer every day. Aside is suitable for children three from the physical discomforts you may years and older. For seasonal experience, CVS can have a lasting effect on allergic conjunctivitis there’s no your vision. drama, just a quick solution. The key components of CVS have been identified as reduced blinking leading to dry Zaditen is also available in a eyes and difficulty maintaining focus on the preservative-free single dose computer screen. At the Vision and Learning units. Come in and try a free Institute we have identified other important sample! factors and have at least 4 treatment options for CVS. Our assessment s include caref ul consideration of how your eyes actually aim and focus together for screen based tasks. The size of the screen, the distance you are seated from the screen and what you are looking at on the screen (text, tables, graphics ect), are all important factors. Your tear film is also evaluated and recommendations for Understanding the Vision and Learning appropriate lubrication (eye drops) can be Connection Seminar individually calculated and prescribed. The most important factors we will consider Did you know that we offer 3 are as follows: FREE seminar talks every 1. Distance from screen school term for school 2. Type of screen teachers? 3. Angle of view 4. Type of task This school term we will be 5. Duration of task visiting Broken Hill, followed 6. Current prescription by the Yorke Peninsula in the near future! 7. Eye coordination skills 8. Focusing ability There are still opportunities available for the From the above considerations we will second half of 2009. This is a great opportunity determine the most appropriate treatment to get your school involved and aware about option for you. Which may be one of the the connection between Vision and Learning. following: 1. Specific computer glasses Please email 2. Eye drops firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Exercises 4. Ergonomic recommendations or call 8344 3338 to find out more information on arranging a seminar at your school. If you have symptoms of CVS, and would like a complete Visual Solution, then phone us to www.visionandlearninginstitute.com.au/seminars.htm make an appointment. Page 3 Captain Jims Kids Corner Can you find the FIVE differences in the two pictures below? 57 Prospect Road Prospect 5082 South Australia Phone: 08 8344 3338 Fax: 08 8269 5200 www.visionandlearninginstitute.com.au Opening Hours: Monday –Friday 8.30am-5.30pm Our Mission Statement To provide the highest quality Behavioural Optometric care through effective testing and efficient treatment options.