When someone has challenges reading, it can be confusing and overwhelming to figure out why and how to help. An overlooked culprit contributing to reading challenges is vision. Many of us assume our vision is fine if we can see 20/20. However, when we read we are using many other visual skills including eye movements, eye alignment, focusing, peripheral vision, visual-motor coordination and visual processing. It is important to make sure our children and ourselves have these necessary skills to overcome and avoid difficulties in school. An eye examination with an eye doctor who specializes in functional vision is the best choice.

Another misperception is that when we are adults it is too late to do anything about it. Fortunately, our brains are more adaptable in adulthood than we originally thought! Neuroplasticity is a popular scientific headline these days. A Neurobiologist at Mount Holyoke College named Sue Barry, PhD, describes in a very entertaining and understandable manner neuroplasticity and her own reading challenges. You can view it at www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sue+barry