|July/August 2010 Newsletter
Back To School Time - Is Your Child REALLY Ready For School?
Wow, summer is almost over! I love summer - the sunshine, the freedom of playing outdoors and my morning walks in the cool fresh air. Like it or not, it’s back to school time.
This newsletter is devoted to making sure all children have one of the most important skills they need to be successful students. Let’s focus on VISION
, not eyesight.
Millions of children needlessly struggle in school because of undetected vision problems. One in four school-age children have vision difficulties according to Prevent Blindness America. Did you know…?
20/20 is NOT perfect vision. Many children have 20/20 eyesight yet still have vision problems.
Vision disorders are the Number 1 handicap for children in America today.
Vision is the dominant sense for learning and school success.
More than 15 visual skills are required for learning and reading.
60% of children with learning difficulties have an undiagnosed vision problem, according to the American Optometric Association.
Parents feel helpless when their frustrated children cry, “I can’t read! I can’t do math! I can’t hit a baseball!” Maybe the child is trying to say, “I can’t see!” They can read an eye chart just fine. But they can’t read a book.
Most children are born with healthy eyes, but they have to learn how to use their eyes and coordinate them with their brain and body. Many children need vision therapy to learn how to integrate their vision skills. Here is an example of a 3rd grader who struggled needlessly:
Grace hit the wall in third grade. Janet watched her bright little learner disappear as anger, frustration and boredom replaced her daughter’s curiosity. Something was wrong. Teachers told Janet she had unrealistic expectations; she pushed her daughter too hard. She should accept Grace’s limitations. “Janet,” they said, “Back off.”
Janet didn’t give up. A thorough vision exam revealed that while Grace had perfect 20/20 eyesight, she could not adequately coordinate her eyes.
A few months of vision therapy corrected her vision problems, and gave her strategies for success in school. Now, Grace is a confident child who thrives in a gifted program for language arts and math.
Take a look at the vision checklist
that includes physical observations, behavioral signs and what to watch for when reading or doing homework. If you see several items on the checklist, take your child for a thorough vision examination testing visual efficiency and processing skills. To find an optometrist who can provide such a vision exam, ask him/her these questions:
Do you do “near point testing?”
Do you provide vision therapy or refer to someone who does?
If your eye doctor is not clear or doesn’t do this type of evaluation, then you can find a referral for a developmental optometrist at the “Locate a Doctor
” section of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development: www.COVD.org
The best way to detect and obtain treatment if necessary is to be preventive. Follow what the American Optometric Association recommends: Your child should have his first vision examination by an optometrist by age 1
, then again by age 3
, before starting kindergarten
and then every year
During my 33 years of clinical optometric practice, I’ve seen how early vision interventions can help children build confidence and develop a love for learning.
Give your child a gift of a lifetime – great vision! Visualize your child as a successful student and confident kid. To learn more, check out my award-winning book See It. Say It. Do It!
If you are new to the newsletter, WELCOME. Please check out previous months newsletters here
Next month's newsletter will resume giving you specific See It. Say It. Do It!
activities to use with your children. Look for fun strategies for specific academic subjects, including reading, spelling, creative writing and math.
Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.
With love and gratitude,
Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
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|National Children’s Vision & Learning Month
In honor of National Children’s & Vision Month, the See It. Say It. Do It! Webinar
originally presented by Dr. Lynn Hellerstein in March 2010, is now available on the See It. Say It. Do It! website
. This is your opportunity to listen to the webinar at your leisure. Invite your friends, colleagues and teachers to listen. Please share the link with others. Make a list of questions from the webinar or other vision related concerns.
Click here for more information about National Children's Vision & Learning Month
FREE Conference Call with Dr. Hellerstein
A FREE conference call
to informally discuss vision & learning is scheduled for:
Tues. August 17, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. MDT
so that we can send you the call-in information. Please e-mail your questions to Dr. Hellerstein prior to the phone call, if possible, so that she is able to respond to the most frequently asked questions first.
Exciting New Books
See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It!
The workbook should be available for purchase in about one month. Read more about the workbook in the last newsletter
Pre-orders for the workbook are being taken. Click here if you would like to get this great, useful workbook as soon as its off the press!
See It. Say It. Do It! Ebook
The ebook and audio version of See It. Say It. Do It!
should be available in approximately 1 month. More details to come!
Exciting Family News
My husband, Bruce, “B” Hellerstein just opened his “dream” ballpark museum, B's Ballpark Museum
. Bruce has collected baseball memorabilia for decades. His collection became a non-profit museum about 10 years ago. This unbelievable collection, recognized by the Smithsonian Baseball Book as one of the finest baseball collections in the US
, was housed in our basement. My basement is now CLEAN and the museum has moved to its new home, right across from Coors Field-1940 Blake Street, Denver, CO.
If you are remotely interested in baseball or American history, make sure you visit the museum website at B’s Ballpark Museum
What a joyous event…to see a lifetime dream come true.