Autism Eye Doctor Near You in Fair Lawn, NJ
We’re able to provide your child with the eye care that they need in order to be successful – no matter what their vision problem may be.
Improving Visual Skills
From the results of the eye exam with one of our eye doctors, we are able to properly assess your child’s visual condition or needs. If your special needs child does have an eye disorder, we create a customized patient treatment plan to effectively improve your child’s overall vision development.
Autism and Developmental Delays
What is ASD?
According to the organization Autism Speaks, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.”
These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances.
Vision problems are common with autism and many times overlooked. Characteristic autistic behaviors, such as poor eye contact, looking though or beyond objects, extreme aversion to light, unusual reaction to sight, lack of reciprocal play, inordinate fear of heights or lack of appropriate fear of heights and stimming, could all be visual symptoms.
Visual problems are common with those that have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Having a visual evaluation by a developmental optometrist may lead to treatment that can have a ripple effect on sensory development and integration.
Symptoms of ASD
How is Autism Identified?
What Are the Visual Factors of ASD?
Do Persons with ASD Always Have Visual Problems?
While an autistic person may have unique visual strengths, but have problems with various aspects of visual processing and are in need of strengthening their visual skills. Temple Grandin, one of the most famous individuals with ASD, wrote: “If visual processing problems are suspected, the child should see a developmental optometrist. This is a special eye doctor who can do therapy and exercises to help the processing problems that are inside the brain. In many of these children, the eye itself is normal but faulty wiring in the brain is causing the problem.”
Our Treatment of ASD
Can Vision Therapy Help Children With ASD?
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