Vision Therapy for Autism
Vision Therapy for Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. However, one lesser-known aspect of autism is how it can impact visual processing and learning.
Many individuals with autism struggle with eye contact, visual processing, and eye-tracking skills. This can make reading, writing, and other visual tasks difficult and frustrating. People with autism may also experience light sensitivity or visual stimulation, which can cause discomfort or overload.
At SIGHT Multispecialty Center in Farmington, we understand that individuals with autism may face unique visual challenges. That’s why we offer a tailored vision therapy program for autism to help improve these skills and enhance their quality of life.
How can vision therapy help individuals with autism?
Vision therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses various exercises and activities to improve visual processing and eye-tracking skills. By doing so, it can help individuals with autism better interpret and understand visual information, leading to improved reading, writing, and learning abilities.
For example, vision therapy can improve an individual’s ability to:
- Track moving objects
- Shift focus from near to far distances
- Maintain eye contact
- Interpret visual information, such as facial expressions and body language
By improving these skills, vision therapy can lead to improved academic performance, social interaction, and overall quality of life.
Who can benefit from vision therapy for autism?
Vision therapy can benefit individuals with autism of all ages. It can be especially helpful for people who struggle with visual processing and eye-tracking skills, which can make reading, writing, and other visual tasks challenging.
Individuals who experience the following symptoms may benefit from vision therapy:
- Difficulty with eye contact
- Struggling with reading or writing
- Sensitivity to light or visual stimulation
- Difficulty tracking moving objects
- Avoiding visual tasks, such as puzzles or reading
What does vision therapy for autism involve?
At SIGHT Multispecialty Center, our vision therapy program for autism is tailored to the individual’s unique visual challenges and may involve activities such as eye-tracking exercises, balance board training, and hand-eye coordination tasks. Our trained vision therapist will develop a customized program based on the individual’s specific needs and goals. We believe that every individual with autism has the potential to thrive, and we are committed to helping them achieve their full potential.
If you suspect that your child or loved one with autism may benefit from vision therapy, contact SIGHT in Farmington to schedule an evaluation.