What are the signs of a problem?

Please use the checklist below to see if we can be of help, please bear in mind that these will not necessarily identify everyone we can help. If you are in any doubt please contact us to see if we can help you. Many people develop excellent coping strategies to avoid pain or discomfort. These strategies can include unusual posture, distraction techniques or avoidance. Children in particular have limited experience of what others are seeing or perceiving – to them everyone else sees the same as them. They may not think to verbalise that they are finding something hard to see, so if a child doesn’t tell you they have a problems it doesn’t mean they don’t have one!

Some common signs of difficulty include:

  • Often loses place when reading
  • Misses out on words or re-reads the same word
  • Needs to use a finger or marker to keep their place
  • Tires quickly when reading
  • Experiences transient blurred or double vision during close work
  • Complains of words ‘moving about’, ‘shimmering’, or ‘dancing’ when reading
  • Has difficulty copying from board
  • Has poor concentration for close work
  • Has difficulty ‘taking in’ what they are reading, and have to read something several times for meaning
  • Travel sickness
  • Irregular untidy handwriting
  • Reluctance to play with jigsaws or puzzles
  • Difficulty with spatial concepts in maths
  • Poor co-ordination at near, typically shown as bumping into things, knocking things over, yet may be good at sport. 
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