We rely on our visual processing system for everything that we do. It is essentially our ‘window to the world’. We use it to communicate, take in our environments, learn and develop a strong body map to understand how our body relates to the world around us. When our visual system is distorted in any way, so is the information that comes in and goes to the brain.

Developmentally, infants learn about their surroundings through their visual system. They communicate and develop a ‘language’ with their caregivers through their visual system. This is essential for develop a healthy relationship and attachment. A toddler begins to explore their environment and learn about how their body can move and function within various surroundings. A school aged child relies on their visual system to read, write and understand academic concepts such as math and science. As social relationships develop, a child uses their visual system to read non-verbal cues and successfully interact and engage with their peers. Unfortunately, visual processing and integration is not always considered when evaluating a child. As a result, an infant, toddler or child can demonstrate challenges in the areas described, but continue to struggle even after intervention because the core issue was missed.

Visual processing and integration testing is an essential component during evaluation and treatment. Once visual support is provided and the child is successfully able to integrate visual information, other areas of challenge may even be eliminated.