Category: reading disability

The Cost of Ignoring Vision in Learning

As I’ve written many times in the past, there is a real cost to not addressing vision as a fundamental need in learning. That is, by NOT assessing and managing such  basic need, many children struggle against themselves to try…

Tinted Lenses and Dyslexia

I appreciate when teachers and parents ask about tinted lenses as a possible solution for dyslexia – this tells me there is an acknowledgement of the role of vision in reading and learning. People will sometimes ask about ‘Irlen’ lenses.…

Assessing Visual Impediments to Learning

Visual Impediment to Learning Checklist and Notes: Download and share this PDF. VIL Symptom Checklist and Notes Introduction Visual Impediments to Learning (VIL) are the most common undetected cause of apparent learning and reading difficulties. VIL even affect children who…

Power On Self Test and Learning

When you start a computer, a regular and predictable sequence occurs. It happens this way, all the time, every time you turn it on. First, the power goes on (in people, either the power is on, or off, you can’t…

Ocular Motility and Dyslexia

There is no question that ‘dyslexics’ almost always have difficulty controlling the fine eye movements required for reading. While this does not cause dyslexia, troubled eye movement control is frequently the cause of other difficulties in reading. In either case,…

Reading Instruction

  There are many ways to teach language. Depending on the developmental age and capacity of the child, different techniques will be more appropriate. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is ‘push’ language, and to engage in less…

The Value of Phonics

Phonemic awareness is a helpful tool in any language. If you know how letter and letter combinations are supposed to sound, you can easily work out unfamiliar words – not that this will help you understand the word, but it…

Archie’s Law

ArchiesLaw.com is a new site established specifically to promote early assessment and intervention for all children before they reach Grade 1. The ‘Law’ is that there should be mandatory assessment of vision (not just ‘eyesight’) for all children, for many…

Early Language

Two elements are necessary for the development of any skill: The physical (phylogenetic) capacity for the task, and experience with the task. This experience can come from necessity – you can easily learn to climb a tree to evade a…

On Dyslexia, VSA, and VSP

  On Dyslexia, VSA (Visual Signal Acquisition), and VSP (Visual Signal Processing) Dyslexia (SRD) is an example of a disorder that is symptomatic of a more fundamental and profound neurological problem. It involves elements of dysfunctional visual signal acquisition and…