Is Vision a Strength in Autism?


Linda HodgdonLinda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies to support communication for students on the autistic spectrum.  She recently interviewed developmental optometrist Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO, and makes the point that just because most children with ASD learn best through visual strategies doesn’t mean that all children on the spectrum have good visual abilities.  Check out this information on Linda’s website here.

Dr. Hellerstein also has a nice YouTube video she has added, with a brief interview of the mother of a child with ASD relating changes she has noted once he get a spectacle lens Rx.

One thought on “Is Vision a Strength in Autism?

  1. “She … makes the point that just because most children with ASD learn best through visual strategies doesn’t mean that all children on the spectrum have good visual abilities.” GREAT point. We see this elsewhere, like with Developmental Coordination Disorder (http://dcd.canchild.ca/en/) where children seem to ‘prefer’ visual input, but this is not to say that vision does not need to be addressed. Indeed, vision therapy can go a long way to resolve many issues of coordination. In one instance, a teacher reported a child as being autistic, but the poor kid was simply sitting on 5.00 of astigmatism…

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