Working with children in a home school environment provides the opportunity for parents to see firsthand what happens when their children are trying to learn. It is easy to mistakenly assume that when a child struggles with reading comprehension, it couldn’t possibly be due to a vision problem. This is typically because the child can actually read the text out loud. It may not be read perfectly, but it seems as though there is “no problem” seeing the actual letters on the page.
While we are all navigating life through this pandemic another epidemic continues to emerge – children are becoming more nearsighted. In the United States the percentage of myopic individuals increased as measured in 1972 and in 2010 from 25% of the population to 46%! And, before COVID-19, scientists were predicting that more than 40 million people in the US will be nearsighted by the year 2030.
With most everyone either working from home or attending school online, people are using computers and digital technology more than ever. It is important to understand that our eyes are not designed to be focused on a computer screen for hours at a time.
The summer is often a reprieve from schoolwork. With the new school year on the horizon, a lot of families are looking forward to the new school year, yet many families are dreading returning to homework battles and other school-related struggles. What can parents do to help ensure this school year will be better than last year? How do you help a struggling reader when nothing seems to make a difference?