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Dr. Paul Alan Harris is pleased to announce the availability of a series of talks or in-service presentations about how behavioral vision care can help children with learning problems. These free talks can be structured to fit into one or two-hour time slots and can be geared for audiences of teachers, parents, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, and many other disciplines. Talks of two hours or less are free of charge. We ask that groups be of 10 or more and be within a 30 mile radius of our Cockeysville, MD offices. Call 410-252-5777 or email Dr. Harris to schedule a talk.

  • Reducing the Needs of Children on Ritalin: Visual Attention, ADD, ADHD and Behavioral Vision Care
    In the US nearly 5% of our children are on Ritalin or its derivatives to help them pay attention. The role of visual attention and the lack the development of the control of visual attention in ADD and ADHD will be discussed. Plus lenses and vision therapy when appropriate may obviate the need to take these powerful medications.
  • The Relationship Between Vision and Learning
    The visual process will be defined along with a thorough discussion of how vision is acquired via the routes of development and learning. The types of visual problems seen in patients with learning related visual problems will be fully discussed. How the behavioral optometrist helps as a member of the team approach to reduce the special needs of patients on medications for attention problems will also be included.
  • Visualization, Visual Imagery and Spelling
    Spelling is a complex process. Most people think that spelling is a verb that means, "to sound out." Good spellers use pictures in the mind. They do not sound out words. They copy them from the stored images they have in their head. This talk will make clear the process of spelling and teach the participants how to gain insight in their own process of visual imagery and visualization abilities. The proper method of spelling will be presented.
  • The Remediation of Reversals
    This presentation will cover the presenters’ rationale for why reversal prob lems exist. Understanding the development of laterality and directionality will be given. A rationale for the linkage between visual motor tracking problems and reversals will be shared. Treatment strategies will be presented that address this vexing problem.
  • 6 Steps to Proper Handwriting
    A unique approach to the proper use of pens and pencils for writing is offered. The ergonomics of writing will be covered. A series of activities to help train the individual in the proper way to hold and use writing implements will be demonstrated. A developmental stepwise approach is used with specific activities designed to allow for legible stress-free writing.