I’m delighted to let you know that Dr. B’s Parent and Teacher Guides: Child Vision, Learning, and Development: Fundamentals 1: Learning Mechanics has just been released as a Kindle Edition on Amazon. And you don’t necessarily need a Kindle to read it. You can download it to whatever device you prefer by using this link.
The graphic on the front cover is a bit Dr. Seussian, don’t you think? It’s perfect for what’s inside! Written in an informal style, this guide is sure to appeal to a very wide readership of parents and educators seeking clarity in what can sometimes be a murky field of advice about children’s vision as related to learning.
Make no mistake about it — this book is not for the faint-hearted. Dr. Boulet’s style is forceful and direct, and I like that. He gets on his soapbox when appropriately called for, and cuts down naysayers who intentionally obscure the significance of vision to learning. A former teacher, Dr. Boulet has a gift for explaining very technical matters, from relevant anatomy and physiology to the learning theory, in a very down-to-earth style. It is informative and inviting, and a welcome addition to our literary toolkits.
Something I’ve had on my mental drawing board is a “Vision Therapy for Dummies” book. You know, like in the For Dummies Series genre – something intelligible enough for the public to understand and apply.
No rush for me to pursue that, because I couldn’t possibly improve on what Dr. Boulet is doing in a refreshing style that combines David L. Cook with Theodor Seuss Geisel. As with any great guide, the stated purpose in this introductory volume is to present a brief overview of some core principles of children’s vision, development, and learning. Its primary goal is to get the reader started on a journey, and to point the way on where to look next. Dr. Boulet includes the following information:
1) A concise overview of the process of child development and some of the rules that guide the outcomes, with a succinct discussion about how development affects learning and behavior.
2) Specific examples of how structural and functional problems can influence a child’s ability to manage activities of daily living in the classroom.
3) Understanding your child when you’ve been told everything is fine, yet you sense it isn’t. This helps plug the gap for children who fall through the cracks because their diagnosis or lack thereof doesn’t match performance. (“We can’t help your child further because he’s not doing badly enough”.)
4) How we expect children to learn and the physical realities of the learning environment.
5) Moving beyond testing to common sense approaches to tempering and applying test results.
6) A Time for Action! at the end of each chapter that tells you how to implement the ideas presented.
I’m already looking forward to Fundamentals 2: Intervention Overview, the other half of the introductory books series by Dr. Boulet that will present general concepts in vision and learning rehabilitation. Voulez-vous Boulet avec moi? You should, and you can, by signing up for advanced notification on the release of Dr. Boulet’s new materials here.