Topic: The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning
Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed
Date Aired: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Presenter: Wendy Beth Rosen
Far beyond 20/20, our extraordinary sense of vision involves more than two dozen lesser-known skills that help us navigate our way through life. When one or more of these skills are not functioning optimally, our capabilities are compromised in ways we are often not aware of. When this occurs in a child, their ability to learn and succeed in school is greatly affected.
Astoundingly, vision-related learning problems affect 1 in 4 school-age children, yet knowledge about these types of vision problems is scant. Consequently, many children are not receiving the correct diagnosis and the help they need in order to succeed in school.
Many symptoms of vision-related learning problems can mimic other conditions. There are, consequently, countless numbers of children who are classified as special education students or are medicated, or both, who may be wrongly diagnosed. Few people are aware that a breakdown in the visual system can also be at the core of a learning disability. Because of this, the potential for misdiagnosis is enormous.
At the present time, visual skills are not routinely and comprehensively examined to determine if a deficit is present and interfering with a child’s capacity for learning. As a result, we are missing critical information about a child’s readiness for school.
The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning-Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed puts these little-known yet correctable vision problems in the spotlight, making this life-changing knowledge available to everyone. A groundbreaking book, it will offer hope and help to countless parents, teachers, pediatricians, therapists and child study teams seeking answers to the root cause of a child’s struggles.
About the Presenter:
Wendy Beth Rosen has had the privilege of teaching in many different learning environments throughout her diverse career as an educator. A certified early childhood and elementary teacher who holds a dual degree in art, she has accrued extensive classroom experience. In addition, her passion for all things nature motivated her to find opportunities beyond classroom walls where she immersed herself in the world of experiential education. Wendy has been fortunate to have the beach, the forest, lakes and streams, an agriculture museum, several farms, and day and overnight camps as her classrooms over the many years she has taught pre-school through high school students in the beautiful outdoors.
Currently, Wendy works as an education consultant specializing in vision-related learning problems, metacognition, and environmental education. As a proponent of innovation and creativity in the field of education, she has developed numerous curriculum resources on a wide range of educational topics. Additionally, she has facilitated professional development workshops for teachers, child study team personnel, and administrators about vision-related learning problems. Most recently, Wendy has designed a workshop and supplementary handbook about metacognition for high school and college students.
Wendy is the author of The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning-Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children Are Misdiagnosed, which was released on July 1st, 2016. It is available for order through Rowman & Littlefield, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.