HOW VISION CHECKS HELP WITH READING AND WRITING

Lila’s Story

Thanks to vision checks with Screening for Schools software, a primary school child in London has been able to see better and make good progress with her reading and writing.

This is Lila’s story.

What’s significant here is that Lila is the daughter of one our development team. Her school didn’t use Screening for Schools and her long-sightedness may have gone undetected for longer were it not for vision checks by her father, using Screening for Schools, followed up with a professional diagnosis.

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Concentration Challenges

Lila had blurred vision when she started school, but she didn’t know it, so neither did her parents or teacher. Unfortunately, the normal school vision screening programme for reception-aged school children was postponed in the COVID pandemic, so it wasn’t picked up.

Her teacher spotted that Lila was occasionally lapsing in concentration and was not actively learning. Her reading seemed to be progressing more slowly than others. When this was reported to her parents, they were obviously concerned.

Working for Thomson Screening, her father had access to Screening for Schools, and checked her vision with it himself. It indicated that the be seen by a professional. A high street optician found nothing wrong on first investigation, children’s eyes develop a lot at that age.

Repeated Vision Checks

When the problems continued, the school started suggesting dyslexia as a possible cause. Repeated checks with Screening for Schools however, indicated a possible vision problem. So a subsequent visit to an optician was made. This confirmed that she was long-sighted, so needed spectacles to correct her close-up vision.

‘Huge Progress’

Now Lila has not one, but two pairs of spectacles. She loves wearing them and is making ‘huge progress’ with her reading and writing. Her concentration has improved significantly. Her father reported that she’s now ‘becoming a learner’. Her parents and school are still keeping an eye on the possibility of a degree of dyslexia, but for now, they’re delighted to see her improve, thanks to repeating those vision checks.

Teachers and other school staff can use Screening for Schools to check the vision of any pupil. It’s intuitive to use and needs no specialist knowledge or training. These informal vision checks can make all the difference for children with previously undiagnosed vision problems. They’re not diagnostic, but if needed will refer the child to professional care.

Schools wishing to use Screening for Schools should contact us, without delay.

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