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Video Library Update

Development of this site is coming along quickly, and there’s a lot more to do. The launch is a double-edged sword where I am relieved things are taking shape and I can once again focus on creating meaningful content for educators, therapists, and parents – BUT (and) now I’m faced with the task of cleaning…

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Lift Off!

Happy to announce the launch of this new VisionMechanic.net site! We’ve compiled hundreds of activities and video courses for you to watch if you wish (small annual fee) and hundreds more free articles to boost your understanding of human vision and how it impacts your own clinical work. Sign up now to receive all new…

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International Vision and Learning Month

Subscribe to Vision Mechanic on YouTube.com The goal of VisionMechanic.net is to provide science-based clinically relevant resources about humans, for humans. All humans. This series highlighting International Vision and Learning Month (August) is more focused on those humans who are in formal learning programs, most notably, younger humans. If you yourself are a learner, or…

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Welcome!

Welcome to the VisionMechanic (.net)! All rehab, no filler. What are you going to do next? Read from one of our growing blog posts or watch a video. Learn more about vision from leading professionals through one of our courses! All content is prepared by eye health and vision rehabilitation professionals. Short videos are provided…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part IX

Part IX – Assessing and Managing Vision Introduction As a rule, all children should be checked for possible visual impediments during Kindergarten in preparation for formal reading instruction. Visual Impediments to Learning (VIL) are the most common undetected cause of apparent learning and reading difficulties. VIL even affect children who are apparently good learners, and…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part VIII

Neurosensory Integration and the Visual Hierarchy Introduction “It has not been easy for the helping professions to conceive of human behavior as an expression of the brain, and they are still struggling to do so… The employing of neural mechanisms to enhance motor development is now well established; the current area of major growth and…

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Retained Primitive Reflexes

From “Persistence of primitive reflexes and associated motor problems in healthy preschool children” AMS-14-27750 ” – “Primitive reflexes are automatic movement patterns that commence during pregnancy and are fully present at birth in term infants. They are natural reactions that start a developmental process which releases a neural circuit for a specific function. Primitive reflexes…

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Dr. Boulet

Syntonics – Introduction

I’d been critical of the practice and ‘science’ of what behavioural optometrists call ‘Syntonics’ or ‘Optometric Phototherapy’ for some time, now, concerned even. These concerns of pseudoscience and malpractice have led me to speak out against its practice in a professional clinical context. Because of that, I was removed from the ‘VTODs on FaceBook’ group…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Clinically Speaking Part II

Measuring Vision in the Classroom The Need for a Common Standard Research in optometry and medicine has shown that the only way to determine whether a child has a sufficiently robust visual foundation is to assess very specific elements of visual health and function that represent potential obstacles to reading, and by extension, learning. The…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part VII

Defining Learning and Vision Therapy Optometric Vision Therapy / Visual Neuro-rehabilitation From Leonard Press “Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy”, (OEP Foundation www.oepf.org and through online retailers) “Optometric vision therapy (OVT) can be defined as the art and science of developing visual abilities to achieve optimal visual performance and comfort. During VT, patients gain greater understanding…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part V

Visual Impediments to Learning The following is an article summarizing concerns with visual impediments to learning. The text was prepared by Dr. Charles Boulet (Education, Developmental Optometry) and Dr. Noëlla Piquette (PhD Psychology, Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge). The paper outlines the nature of the problem, and how unchecked vision has far reaching consequences on…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part VI

DOMD and FOMD Introduction For the purposes of this discussion, fine visuomotor control problems will be classified under two categories, developmental or functional. As a result, they are sometimes referred to as DOMD (Developmental Oculomotor Dysfunction), or FOMD (Functional Oculomotor Dysfunction), respectively. In either case, they are a reflection of a child’s (client’s) deficient level…

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Introduction to Learning and Vision Therapy: Principles Part III

Defining Vision II This section continues from the previous discussions of visual anatomy and signal acquisition skills and abilities. First, we will look at Visual Signal Processing (Visual Information Processing, or simply Visual Perception) and see how once a signal is captured, it undergoes ‘parallel streamed’ processing in cortical and subcortical areas of the brain….

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