Winner of a Creative Child Magazine's 2011 Top Choice of the Year Award, EyeGames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises by Lois Hickman and Rebecca E. Hutchins is a treasure trove of information about visual problems that often face kids.
You might wonder what the point of this book is. After all, if you suspect your child has a vision problem, you would just take him to the eye doctor. But here's the thing: being able to read a vision chart is just one aspect of your child's vision. He could have perfect 20/20 vision and yet have other challenges with visual perception. Challenges that greatly affects your child's ability to read and learn.
Apparently, problems with visual perception are not uncommon among individuals with autism. They can include issues in any one of the following areas: following, fixation, focus, fusion, flexibility, field, and fatigue.
I have recently suspected that Danny has problems keeping his eyes on the book (fixation) and moving them along the words on the page (following). After seeing his Occupational Therapist, I discovered he might have difficulties with other areas, as well.
What I like most about this book is all the explanation and background of vision problems. These authors explain the issues in an easy to read way. They also explain the roles of Behavioral Optometrists and Occupational Therapists in helping kids with vision problems.
The rest of the book is dedicated to the Eye Games or activities to help a child improve his visual processing. The games are clearly marked as to whether they are meant for children or adults. Also, the authors indicate what setting the games are designed for.
As I said, this book is a treasure trove of information. It is replete with great ideas for activities, information on how computers affect vision, how light can affect sleep, and how visualization is the "crown jewel of vision." And these activities can benefit anyone, even if you don't suspect a vision issue.
I learned a tremendous amount reading this book and am glad I own it, as it is a valuable resource. This book will assist us as we try to get to the bottom of Danny's vision issues.