I am fortunate to have Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD, as my sons’ behavioral optometrist. Dr. Schulman wrote the chapters on the role of vision therapy and optometry in Patty Lemer’s book, “Envisioning a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders“, which I reviewed earlier. Patty was the one who recommended Dr. Schulman to me, and she practices in my area.
Patty has always talked about the importance of vision therapy for people with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD), learning disabilities and other neurological disorders. Now I know why. In fact, Patty’s book was published by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, which should give you a clue as to the importance of vision in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Vision Problems a Cause of Many ASD Symptoms
I was astounded to learn that vision problems are a CAUSE of, not a by-product of, many ASD symptoms. “Poor eye contact, repetitive stimulatory behaviors and practically every other behavioral symptom (such as staring at lights or spinning objects, side viewing and head tilting) could be caused by poor fixation, accommodation, or eye teaming abilities.” Read More→