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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Gifted Homeschooling -- Twice Exceptional
Resources for Specific Disabilities

Vision Processing Issues in Gifted Children
Dyslexia  (aka Reading Disability)
and Other Vision Problems

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Gifted children have a thirst for knowledge, and the easiest way for them to
acquire knowledge is to pursue their interests in books, journals, and online
websites.  A child who has difficulty reading or finds reading painful cannot
pursue his interests on his own.  Gifted children may have very complex
ideas for written projects, but be unable to translate those ideas onto paper,
with the result being a messy, unorganized paper full of spelling mistakes.   
It can frustrating and embarrassing for a bright child, who does well in most
subjects, to have such trouble with what others consider to be an easy task.

When an otherwise capable child has a hard time mastering language skills
such as reading, writing, and spelling...  parents should consider the
possibility that the child may have dyslexia, or a vision problem, or both.  
Dyslexia is a learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is
characterized by difficulties with the accuracy and/or fluency of word
recognition, poor spelling, and weak decoding abilities, trouble reading
aloud, and, sometimes, trouble with handwriting.  

Other "vision problems" include difficulties with visual input, processing, or
integration which make it difficult for the two eyes to work together as a
team, especially when reading. The acuity (or clarity) with which a child sees
isn't the only important aspect of vision.  A child may have 20/20 vision, yet
have trouble reading because, for instance, her eye muscles are unable to
move smoothly across the page.   Vision problems can be diagnosed by a
specially trained Behavioral Optometrist, and vision therapy may help.

Resources for Dyslexia

Also visit the Dyslexia and Other Vision Problems section of the
Homeschool Diner for more resources

What is dyslexia? -- from the LD-Online website

Dyslexia and Reading -- from "The Mislabeled Child" book website

Gifted Dyslexics -- from the Eide Neurolearning Blog

Secrets of the Brain & Dyslexia: Interview with Thomas West

The International Dyslexia Association - tons of good articles

Can "Good Readers" Have Dyslexia?  Yes!  Be alert to problems with
reading out loud, spelling of new words, and handwriting issues... they may
be signs of "stealth dyslexia"

Learning Abled Kids -- an informative website full of links to resources,
curriculum, and tools to help your bright child with dyslexia and other
learning differences

Learning Abled Kids Forum -- a Yahoo! support group for parents with
dyslexic children, both homeschooled and public schooled

Resources for Other Vision Problems

Vision and Reading -- from The Optometrist's Network, explains the
various problems with vision and how they affect students

screen your child for possible vision problems -- from the Cook Vision
Therapy website

An explanation of vision therapy -- from the College of Optometrists in
Vision Development

Vision Therapy -- a Yahoo! support group for vision therapy
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