Visual therapy is a step-by-step developmental program designed to provide patients with the necessary meaningful experiences to acquire full use of their visual process. Visual therapy is based on Piagetian principles of learning, in which a series of graded problems are presented to a child under very controlled circumstances and then practiced for reinforcement.
Therapy in my office (Calgary Vision Therapy) is done on a one-on-one basis for 50 minutes. Each session consists of four to five activities which are done for 8-10 minutes each. Then two to three of them are assigned for home practice. The most difficult aspect of being a therapist, as well as being a teacher, is to know exactly how demanding a particular activity should be. Too intense and the child may go into a "flight" pattern and avoid the activity or go passive and not fully engage in the activity. Too little intensity, where a child is asked to do something that they can already do, is a formula that simply wastes everyone’s time, effort and energy. My therapists are highly trained to adjust the demands of the activities to maximize the speed of improvement, but not at the cost of putting the child under too much stress.
A key aspect of therapy is the involvement of the parents as home therapists. We require from 20-30 minutes of practice or drill a day under the direct supervision of a home helper, who is most often the child’s parent.
See What is Vision Therapy for additional explanations.
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