Guest Author: Dr. Howes
There is an EYE in Behavior.
In a world of increasing knowledge and understanding, where technology has enveloped daily functionality, we continually overlook fundamental human traits and characteristics. We are a global community of mislabeled, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood beings. Many of us have, at some time or other, been victims of one or all three. The fast lane powers forward furiously leaving in its wake the stragglers that are not there by choice.
The point is that we often overlook the signs on display of people in need. Too often we can trace disabilities and idiosyncrasies all the way back to primary stages of learning and development. The crucial years of cognitive learning and processing, include infancy and early school days. Learning results from the use of all of our senses, hence the problem of something going unnoticed, or even more problematic, misdiagnosed. Lack of intervention and treatment leads to poor habits through compensation. We all compensate when one of our senses is lacking. Frequently, developing permanent bad habits than become challenging to correct and become lifelong disabilities.
The EYE in behavior is a play on words that is far more significant than we give credit too. The eye is monumental in learning whilst the “I” represents the need for someone else to identify an individual’s disability. We are aware of how important vision is when it comes to early childhood academics, but an undiagnosed visual deficiency presents a broad spectrum of adversity. Vision occurs in the brain and not in the eyes, this brain connection affects perceptual, social and, emotional responses. Perceptual deficits create difficulty in social skills, motor and language skills, and many other problems in life. Eighty percent (80%) of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually.
A student with underlying visual impediments will commonly rebel involuntarily, through frustration. Their actions tend to be miscued as behavioral or symptomatic of ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), ADHD, or other psychological disorders. The earlier the correct diagnosis of vision and sight is made the easier to remedy the problem.
Too often we hear of people that have endured their entire school lives with a visual or sight deficiency. They have carried that handicap into their adulthood and they will never know how different things could have been.
The CDC estimates that almost 10% of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Is it really ADHD or could the behavioral issues be directly related to an undiagnosed vision issue? BE AWARE, vision issues can mimic symptoms of ADHD.
Visual issues are associated with a slew of academic and behavioral issues. These are just a few:
- Lack of motivation
- Poor test-taking
- Difficulty studying/Poor grades
- Excessive amount of time to complete tasks
- Perceptual issues associated with social and emotional issues
- Trouble completing assignments
- Loses his/her place when reading
- Makes frequent mistakes
The eyes are what we look into with one another, what we see is not what they see, but we see so much, yet there is so much we fail to see.
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