Occupational Therapy Services

Jeannette Schwartz M.S., OTR

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  Visual Perceptual Deficits

Vision, like any of other senses, must be interpreted by our brains in a meaningful manner for us to function well in in our daily life. Visual symbols must be interpreted by the brain so that children can read and write. Some children are overwhelmed by the visual stimulation, while other children pay no attention to visual details and would prefer to be outside rather than inside reading a book.

Children with visual perceptual issues are often misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder. Not all children with attention deficit disorder have visual perception problems, but many of them do have deficits in visual perception. These are the children who improve moderately or not at all with attention deficit medication. There is no diagnostic place for these children so they often fall the through the cracks of both the medical system and the educational system, even when they struggle to perform school tasks that should come easily to them.

A child’s first appointment is a two-hour evaluation. Standardized tests and clinical observations are administered. A parent conference is scheduled at a later date for the parents to receive the child’s test results, an explanation of what they mean, and how the child might benefit from therapy.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

We use a whole body approach that targets a child’s deficits as determined by standardized test scores. These standardized tests are administered every 6 months of treatment to determine progress against a national norm. Consistency of performance is the key to success in the classroom for these children. We use a structured sensory motor approach. Children usually move continuously the first 45 minutes of their weekly hour session. Fine motor, perceptual skill training or handwriting skills typically comprise the last 15 minutes of each session. Therapeutic goals are addressed in levels, with clearly stated criteria so that each child will know that they are progressing.

Other treatments:

arrow  Children with sensory processing difficulties

arrow  Children with learning disabilities and reading difficulties including dyslexia

arrow   Children and Adults with dysgraphia or poor handwriting skills

arrow  Children and Adults in need of manual treatment techniques including CranioSacral treatment

8600 Wurzbach Road, Suite 1003, San Antonio, Texas 78240

8600 Wurzbach Road, Suite 1003
San Antonio, Texas 78240