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Vision Therapy and Autism

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Last Updated: July 9, 2003

Page Under Construction...more info to come!

Visual problems are very common in autism. Visual symptoms of autism can include:

*lack of eye contact
*staring at spinning objects or light
*fleeting peripheral glances
*side viewing
*difficulty attending visually
*not looking directly at the object upon request, but prefer to scan or look off to the side of the object
*avoiding contact with specific visual input and might have hypersensitive vision
*constant scanning visual information in an attempt to gain meaning
*ignoring peripheral vision (side vision) and remain fixated on a central point of focus for excessive periods of time
*Eyes crossing or turning, even a little bit.
*Tilting, turning the head, covering or closing an eye in order to use only one eye
*Blinking, grimacing, squinting and other compensating behaviors
*Visual stimulation behaviors: finger flicking; obsession with spinning, patterns, or other visual effects
*sighting along linear objects (counter edges, telephone wires)
*Short attention span, avoidance of close work and activities
*Low frustration level, irritability, emotional immaturity
*Headaches, dizziness, nausea, car sickness and light sensitivity

Optometry sites

College of Optometrists in Vison Development (COVD)
Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP)
The Steor Vision Project, from The Optometrist's Network

Articles on Vision and Autism

Autism and Vision, from COVD
Vision Therapy, Autism, and Sensory Integration: Vision Therapy and the Autistic Child
Vision and Autism
What is Binocular Vision Impairment?
Stero Vision Starts with Two Views, from The Optometrist's Network
What is Vision Training/Therapy (VT)?
Prism lenses reduce autistic symptoms, Improve performance

Vision Therapy

About Vision Therapy
What is Vision Therapy? from The Optometrist's Network

Find an Optometrist

Optometrists in Tennessee

For Optometrists in Other States, See:
College of Optometists and Vison Development (COVD)
Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP)


TASK Home Pages
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Basic Information
For Those New to the Diagnosis of Autism: The First Things to Do and the Initial Visit to the Neurologist
What Is Autism, PDD, and Asperger's Syndrome?
Neurobiology: Neurotransmitters, Genetics, and Biomarkers

Tennessee Resources
National Resources
Northwest Tennessee Resources
Pediatric Neurologists in Tennessee
Optometrists in Tennessee

Therapies and Treatments
Sensory Integration
Applied Behavioral Analysis
Auditory Integration Training
Diet and Nutrition
Vision Therapy and Autism

Medication Use and Autism
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) as a Treatment for Autism
A Parent's Decision to Use an SSRI for her Young Autistic Son
Sleep Problems with Autism and Other Related Conditions
Risperdal and Other Atypical Neuroleptics as a Treatment for Autism

Speech and Communication
Sign Language
PECS and Other Picture Communication Systems

The Speech and Communication section is still Under Construction. Please feel free to browse the section, but keep checking back, as I will be adding new Speech/Communication therapies in the upcoming weeks, including:

*Verbal Behavior
*Sensory Integration Therapy (how it affects speech)
*Oral Motor Exercise
*Videos, Activites, and Books that Encourage Speech

Misc. Info
Conferences, Workshops, Events, and Summer Camps
A Mother's Reflections on Life with an Autistic Child
Cafe'de TASK, a place to relax and grab a much-needed break!

NOTE: The information contained on the pages of TASK are for informational purposes only. TASK does not endorse any particular therapy, organization, or professional, but is, rather, informing site visitors of the existence of such therapies, organizations, and professionals.

This site is UNDER CONSTRUCTION! I'll be adding new sites and information in the following days, so feel free to check back!!

If you have any links, books, articles, lists that you would like to see on here, please send them to me!! Thanks!!

Lori at TASK