19002 Park Row, Ste 203

Houston, TX 77084

Call Us: 832-684-9833

Specialized care for children with autism & special needs

Children with Special Needs have the same vision problems as neuro-typical children. These disorders may include nearsightedness or farsightedness, as well as other eye-coordination disorders such as

  • eye turns (strabismus)
  • eye movement dysfunction
  • “lazy eye” (amblyopia)
  • poor eye teaming and coordination

When a child has an eye-coordination disorder they have a distorted sense of what they see, and this can affect their depth perception and ability to engage with the world around them.

Children with special needs also often have visual information-processing problems as well, adding to your child's challenges. These problems may be affecting your child’s behavior, interfering with their ability to read and learn, and reducing their ability to perform routine tasks such as walk down a hallway or grab a cup without spilling its contents out.

Optometric Care For Patients with Autism

Vision Problems Often Get Overlooked

Often, the Special Needs child is unable to sit still for a normal routine eye exam,. Those exams are too fast-paced for the child to feel comfortable with the doctor, and the tests used require a high level of cooperation and ability to communicate back and forth; this can often result in inaccurate findings and an incomplete understanding of how the child is using their vision.

Our eyes are actually part of the brain, so it stands to reason that if someone has a neurological disorder that impacts the brain, such as a developmental disorder, that their vision would be compromised in some way. Being able to see things clearly from a distance of 20 feet (i.e., “20/20”) is just one of over 17 visual skills required to read, learn and function in life.

In fact, there are at least 35 different areas of the brain involved in the processing of visual information. It is also estimated that at least 70% of the entire sensory information going to the brain at any one time is visual.

While 1 out of 4 normal children struggle with reading and learning because of undiagnosed vision problems, research has shown that a significantly higher percentage of children with special needs have vision problems which, when treated, can make a huge difference in their lives.

Some of the conditions we see

  • Autism

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental delays

  • Down Syndrome

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Sensory processing disorder

Signs and symptoms of a vision problem in Special Needs children

  • Skips/repeats lines when reading
  • Omits small words when reading
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Homework takes longer than it should
  • Reduced visual attention
  • Trouble keeping attention on reading
  • Difficulty completing assignments on time
  • Difficulty copying from board
  • Tilts head/closes one eye when reading
  • One eye turns in or out
  • Avoids near work/reading
  • Unable to listen and look at same time
  • Holds reading material too close
  • Poor handwriting
  • Clumsy/knocks things over
  • Car/motion sickness
  • Unusual neck and body postures
  • Visual perceptual problems
  • Uncontrolled eye shaking (Nystagmus)

If your child displays any of these symptoms, an undetected, but treatable, vision problem may be contributing to their issues.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual with special needs

Contact Details

Texas Vision Therapy

19002 Park Row Suite 203

Houston, TX 77084

Phone: 832-684-9833

Fax: 346-352-9156

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday:

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday to Sunday: