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Did you ever think how much effort your child needs to put in in order to perform the ‘simple task’ of staying focused on a page? Did you ever ask your child what happens when they are trying to shift focus from near-to-far and vice versa when copying off the board? Do the words move when they read or do they see double? Do they get headaches or pulling sensations around the eye balls during the school hours or when playing computer games? The majority of parents are not aware of this and the child itself will never complain about it since this is the only way he or she can see, and so they are unaware that others see differently.


Below you can see a list of symptoms and possible underlying causes for learning difficulties. In one of our blogs, we show a video which was taken when a group of teachers were shown what it feels like when functional vision is a problem: take a look and see how difficult they find 'functioning' under such circumstances.

We are looking at the complete neuro-developmental areas, out of which vision, postural/retained reflexes and hearing are essential elements:

Potential Labels

  • Lazy

  • Dyslexic

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Behavioral Problems

  • Working below potential

  • Juvenile Delinquent

Secondary / Behavioral Symptoms


  • Short attention span

  • Smart in everything except school

  • Low self-esteem

  • Poor self-image

  • Fatigue, frustration, stress

  • Irritability

  • Temper flare-ups / aggressiveness

  • Daydreaming

Performance Symptoms


  • Frequent loss of place

  • Omits, inserts or re-reads letters/words

  • Confuses similar-looking words

  • Faliure to recognize the same word in the next sentence

  • Poor reading comprehension

  • Letter or word reversals after first grade

  • Difficulties copying from the board

  • Poor handwriting / misalignment of numbers

  • Book held too close to the eyes

  • Inconsistent school and sport performance


You might be a parent whose child is clever but has difficulties learning. Your child might comprehend well when you read a story to them, do a great job with computer games, or enjoy watching television and show an understanding of pretty much everything that is going on. Sometimes parents report that their child is able to draw well (particularly larger images) or build Lego but yet they question, “Why doesn’t my child perform well at school?” “Why is my child so fidgety and not able to stay focused for any length of time, particularly when trying to read?” “Has my child got ADD or ADHD?” “What shall we do about it?” “Why does tuition or other forms of therapy not help?”

Symptoms of Visual Dyslexia
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