Sunday, June 17, 2018

Vision problem - part 2

Refer to my post on eye convergence here.

The ‘big boys’ with vested interest making tons of money via medication, therapy, remediation classes, coloured layer glasses , hearing and visual inspection etc keep duping the world that kids cannot read because of many reasons except the actual reason. 

The real reason that most kids cannot read is because they are instructional casualties. 

Logical thinking will tell you that it cannot be ‘phonological awareness deficit’. That theory was believed for more than 35 years until I challenged it in 2010. 

Now, the big boys have come up with new theories like ‘eye convergence’ problem. This simply means that parents with kids who cannot read will now have to spend money checking eyes of kids who cannot read in English.

How do these same kids who have eye convergence problem when reading in English self correct the problem when they read in Malay and Pin Yin? 

Read my book detailing why kids cannot read in English but are able to read in Malay and Pin Yin (Mandarin written in Roman/Latin alphabets) and then share the link with your contacts so that we may together be able to reduce illiteracy.

Here is a link on 'vision problem'.  I have copied a major portion of the link as the link may disappear like many of the links I had commented on previously.


98% of Struggling Readers have a Vision Problem
Our study of pupils who are behind in reading, found 98% have a vision problem. They find it difficult to sustain convergence.
Convergence is the ability to focus both eyes on the same point. We need to sustain convergence the entire time we read to see the print clearly.
Opticians don’t test for this. So, sadly it remains undetected.
For the 30% of struggling readers who only have this easily treatable vision problem, more phonics lessons won't help. Instead they just need to learn to control their eye movements.
Symptoms of Poor Convergence
Pupils with poor convergence may:
  • Reverse 'b's and 'd's
  • Skip lines and words
  • Say that the letters move or are blurry
  • Read slowly
  • Have poor spelling
  • Have difficulty copying from the board
  • Refuse to read out loud
  • Not understand what they have read
  • Get tired, headaches or sore eyes from reading
  • Need coloured overlays to read

When children with poor convergence read, each eye looks at a different letter. This may make words look blurry or letters appear to move as the brain alternates between images.
Pupils with poor convergence will find spelling hard. They don’t see the letters clearly when they read, so they can't visualise the word later.
Comprehension is also difficult. Their brain is overloaded, trying to decipher what it's seen. There’s very little processing power left to remember or understand it.

Poor Eye Control

Poor convergence also causes erratic eye movements. Eyes wobble when reading, so they can’t track smoothly across the page.
A fluent reader looks at around 150 points per minute when they read. Struggling readers look at around 1,000 points per minute.
Most of the time they are looking at the wrong word. This video shows Abby's erratic eye movements when she read. No wonder she didn't understand it.
You may view the video on the link above.

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