Articles form Children Special Needs Organization
on lazy eye, crossed-eyes, strabismus, developmental delays, eye muscle
surgery, dyslexia, binocular vision impairments, etc.
Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) This organization serves as the certifying body for Doctors in the
Optometric specialty called Behavioral/Developmental/Rehabilitative
The Irlen Institute
The Irlen Syndrome is a type of perceptual
processing problem related to sensitivity to lights, glare, patterns,
colors, and contrast. This type of perceptual processing disorder
affects 12-14% of the population; this number increases to almost 50% in
the autistic population.
may provide you with an insight into whether your child suffers from
sensitivity to light, misperceptions, or inhibition problems.
Often, the behavior is misinterpreted and is not understood to be
an attempt to reduce the offending environmental stimuli.
Instead, it may look like stereotyped mannerisms, hyperactivity,
finger mannerisms, or an unusual interest in stimuli and/or sensory
preoccupation. A sample of some behaviors which may
indicate perceptual problems are:
Looking in a
series of short glances
from visual targets
pushing on eyes
colors, patterns, or light
changes in bright lights or sunlight
or body awareness
with stairs, escalators, or catching balls
Meredith W. Morgan University
Eye Care Center University of California School of Optometry
Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Association International, Inc. (NORA
Extension Program (OEP) Foundation. The OEP Foundation is an international non-profit organization that
serves the educational needs of behavioral optometrists by providing
continuing education credits and provides public information about
vision care. If you would like to go directly to their referral list of
PAVE Parents Active for Vision Education (P.A.V.E.®)
is a national non-profit education, resource and support organization
whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship
between vision and achievement.
Local PAVE Chapters in California:
The Center for Visual
Learning: A Resource for Parents & Educators
This website was developed for parents and educators in
an effort to increase their level of understanding about how vision and
learning are related. It is comprehensive in nature and designed to give
a "101" course on vision and learning as well as provide other resources
to gain knowledge on vision.