A nod to our Colorado colleague, Dr. Rebecca Hutchins for recommending the book Giftedness 101 by Linda Kreger Silverman. Dr. Silverman received her PhD in Educational Psychology and Special Education from USC and has a practice in Denver that specializes in helping gifted children. If you take a look at her CV you’ll note that she lists 10 areas of research interest, one of which is the effects of vision therapy. You may recall that Dr. Silverman presented an invited lecture on Diagnosing and treating visual perceptual issues in gifted children in Reno, NV, during our Annual Meeting in October, 2000. You may also recall Dr. Silverman from her prior book, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner.
Dr Silverman continues to champion awareness of vision issues among psychologists due to her positive experiences in collaborating with optometric colleagues in Colorado such as Drs. Hutchins and Hellerstein. On p. 183 she provides insights into likely visual problems revealed in comparative results in the subtests of the WISC-IV. She asserts tracking problems can be easily corrected with 6 months of vision exercises and writes: “We have seen remarkable improvement and enjoyment of reading after vision therapy”. Dr. Silverman cites recent research supporting the effectiveness of this intervention in correcting convergence insufficiency and improving reading skills, and calls her colleagues to task for overlooking vision problems. She finishes by noting that visual processing weakness need to be ruled out and visual remedies sought before diagnosing a child with a more serious Nonverbal Learning Disorder.