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Visual Learner Or ADD

I have written much on the fact that my son is a visual learner and have provided strategies for teaching the visual learner. However, sometimes, there may be something more at work. What is the reason behind the difficulty in learning in the "normal" way (I hate to say it that way.) Is there a reason behind it or is it just a fact of some people's lives.

In talking with several people recently, I have learned about behavioral pediatricians, behavioral optometrists, and pediatric occupational therapists. I had never known about these professions before. After all, an occupational therapist gets adults back to work, right? To give you a hint, when I called my insurance company to obtain the name of a pediatric occupational therapist, they did not know what I was talking about and said they needed to research it and get back to me. To date, no call back.

I have continued to push and have found that the "behavioral pediatrician" could be located at the Center for Child Development. However, upon calling, I learned they were booked for the next FIVE MONTHs! So, thinking I was being proactive in getting him in before the end of the school year, think again.

So, the question...why am I doing all this?

My son gets very upset when I ask him to write, color, or use a pencil for any length of time. Is this laziness? or is there something more going on? I do not know the answer to this. So, I need to find out. My husband thinks I am a bit obsessive, trying to find something wrong with him. But, what if there is something that is not "wrong" but could be worked on and help him succeed?

My son's teacher advised that every once in a while one of his eyes wanders when he is looking at her. I have noticed this as well, so has my mother. I have taken him to the eye doctor, and his eye sight is 20/20, he has no problems with his eyes. However, after talking with a number of people, including a pediatric occupational therapist, it was suggested he see a behavioral ophthalmologist. Who knew there even was such a thing? I learned that his eye sight could be excellent, but that he could have some eye muscle issues. Eye muscles are part of the fine motor skills kids are working to develop at this age (ages 3-7).

The eye wander plus the struggle to write for any length of time (he can't do it for more than 20 seconds) makes me think he would benefit from some type of pediatric occupational therapy. Now, I need to figure out which OT to go to and which is covered by insurance and whether I can afford to pay outside of insurance.


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