“From approximately age 5 to age 11, directionality concepts are developing, so reversals are normal at younger ages,” she said.
Dr. Knueppel also shared that educators are usually taught that reversals are normal until age 8, and typically, no action is taken even if the child at ages 6 or 7 reverses things more frequently than his or her peers.
“We have tests to determine if the amount of reversals the child is doing is actually age appropriate or not,” Dr. Knueppel said.
“If it is, we would just monitor the situation. If the reversals are more frequent than they should be, we would work on laterality and directionality concepts.”
If you notice frequent reversals, as she did with her client's daughter, consider a Functional Vision Test.
You may find out that, as Dr. Knueppel noted, your child’s word reversals are normal. However, if you find there is a problem, you can pursue the treatment that will allow for healthy visual development.
The Vision and Learning Guide is filled with information that can help parents and teachers determine if a child has a vision problem.
It provides an overview of how vision can impact learning, and includes:
- The Vision Quiz to help you quickly assess a child's symptoms.
- Samples of what schoolwork looks like from a person with vision problems.
- Classroom stress points and modifications to help students.
- Links to studies on the efficacy of vision therapy.
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