Section 1: Foreword. Manuel F. Casanova, M.D. Overview. 1. Visual Perceptual Problems: An Introduction. 2. The Power of a Lens. 3. The Importance of Reading People. 4. Visual Management: From Transforming the Stimulus to Transforming the Behavior. Section 2: Visual Issues at Different Ages and Stages. 5. Visual Dysfunction in the Action-Orientated Child. 6. The High Cost of Skipping Steps. 7. Vision Dysfunction in the Thought-Oriented Adult. Section 3: Four Aspects of Visual Dysfunction: Anxiety, Memory Problems, Impaired Empathy, and Motion Sickness. 8. Visual Perceptual Impairment and Anxiety. 9. Visual Perceptual Impairment and Reduced Empathy. 10. Visual Perceptual Impairment and Issues with Consciousness and Memory. 11. Visual Perceptual Impairment and Motion Sickness. 12. A Look at the Research: Past, Present and Future. Afterword. Appendix I: The Kaplan Star Test. Appendix II: The Kaplan Nonverbal Battery.
How vision therapy can transform visual, cognitive, emotional and physical difficulties
Melvin Kaplan OD, FCOVD is Founder of the Center for Visual Management in New York. He is a board certified Doctor of Optometry, and has previously worked as a clinical instructor of behavioral sciences at New York Medical College. He has published a significant body of research on ambient lenses and their role in the rehabilitation of individuals who display dysfunction in learning or emotion, and those with autistic spectrum disorders.
Dr Melvin Kaplan's fascinating book provides vivid accounts of his
important work with dozens of patients he has treated, using yoked
prism glasses to increase their awareness of our wide spatial
environment. Dr Kaplan's terrific writing should encourage research
into the benefits of vision therapy that will convince the medical
community of the effectiveness of his approach. -- Albert Yonas,
Professor of Child Psychology, Institute of Child Development,
University of Minnesota
In these pages, Dr. Kaplan presents a novel interactive approach to addressing severe visual deficits. Through compelling patient stories, he shows that symptoms ranging from anxiety and learning disabilities to toe-walking and scoliosis are not 'problems' but rather the solutions patients create to compensate for visual dysfunction. Dr. Kaplan shows how these symptoms can guide clinicians to correct visual problems and, as a result, change lives for the better. -- Dr. Ned Hallowell, founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, New York & Boston
Dr. Kaplan's groundbreaking work explores the effects of visual-attentional problems on emotion, behaviour, and cognitive function. His brilliant use of prisms to retrain visual systems opens a new realm of non-drug treatments for anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, and many other disorders. A must read for medical students, physicians and other healthcare providers. -- Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, leading expert in Integrative Psychiatry and author of Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD
Kaplan uses a range of therapies including glasses with prisms to address issues such as anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and 'even autism'... He believes that many diagnoses may be incorrect in that, once the visual weaknesses are addressed, the presenting symptoms often disappear... This is a fascinating book, which would be of interest to a wide audience, but also to those who work as or refer to behavioural optometrists. -- Mary Mountstephen, author, editor * SEN Magazine *