38 minutes | Jul 7, 2020

012 Are You Seeing Symptoms Clearly?

Did you know that there are eye disorders that share the same symptoms like ADHD and Anxiety? Can you believe that as many as 1 in 20 school-age kids are affected by a vision difference called Convergence Insufficiency (CI), yet routine eye exams and school-based vision screenings don’t routinely look for it? Kids who have ADHD are three times more likely to have CI which causes difficulty reading and concentrating.  Two core symptoms that are often quickly attributed to learning disabilities or ADHD rather than an eye disorder. If you want to learn more about these disorders including what to look for to determine if your child needs this specific, non-routine testing you definitely want to hear our interview with Michele Cohen OD.  Dr. Cohen is a Neuro-Optometric Optometrist and the owner and founder of InVision in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many individuals with ADHD and Anxiety also have an eye disorder that can exasperate learning and behavior issues. Treatment that is similar to occupational therapy can correct the disorder.  If you are in the Albuquerque area and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen you can request an appointment online http://www.invisionvt.com/new-patient-center or call 505-341-2020 . Learn more about the vision problems and where to find an optometrist who tests for eye disorders like the ones in the episode here and here. You can find the Vision and Learning Checklist here and the Convergence Insufficiency Symptom Survey here.Here at the Parenting Balance Podcast, you'll find simple, science-based tools and tricks for parenting kids with ADHD or anxiety. Although we are both family therapists, this podcast is for informational purposes only and should not replace the guidance of a qualified professional. Join us as we debate and discuss our own experiences as parents of kids diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety and breakdown the latest research into easily digestible portions. We created this podcast to educate, inspire hope, explore new ideas and discover together what we know to be true: you are not alone, and finding a community of support can make all the difference. Please join our Parenting Balance Podcast Community here and sign up here to be the first in line for our new Modern Guide to Understanding Kids With ADHD mini-course.
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