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Seeing Through New Eyes


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Foreword, Stephen Edelson, Autism Research Institute, San Diego Part I: Understanding Visual Dysfunction and the Role of Prism Lenses and Vision Therapy. 1. The Behavior is the Solution. 2. Prism Lenses and Vision Therapy: Overview and Historical Perspective. Part II: The Kaplan Nonverbal Battery: Testing and Interpretation of Results. 3. Special Tests for Special Needs. 4. Analyzing your Test Results: The Art and Science of Knowing your Patient. Part III: Planning a Visual Management Program. 5. The Therapy Process: A Philosophical Overview. 6. Therapy Approaches for Patients with Strabismus. 7. Therapy Approaches for Patients with Orientation Issues. 8. Therapy Approaches for Patients with Spatial Organization Issues. 9. What does Breathing have to do with Vision? 10. The Big Picture: Integrating Vision Therapy into a Comprehensive Treatment Program. Glossary. Index

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An accessible introduction to the treatment of visual dysfunction

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Melvin Kaplan OD is Director of the Center for Visual Management in New York. He is a qualified 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.


Kaplan, an optometrist (eye/vision specialist) with extensive experience of working with individuals with development disabilities, shares his enthusiasm and attempts to explain the theory behind his work. -- Community Care
Kaplan, an optometrist and Director of the center for visual management, believes visual dysfunction to be a significant but neglected problem associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities. He points to some of the behaviours associated with ASD, such as poor eye contact as proof, and promotes identifying and diagnosing visual defects in children so professionals can determine appropriate therapies such as prism lenses. -- Book News
I've been amazed at how the yoked prism lenses Dr. Kaplan uses can have an immediate impact on a child's behavior. These instant changes can translate, with the help of vision therapy, into long-term changes including better attention, increased speech, enhanced social skills, and better academic performance. They also can result in a happier, less anxious, less tense individual, with more energy to understand and enjoy the world. -- From the Foreword by Stephen M. Edelson, Autism Research Institute, San Diego, CA
This book is a must read for any doctor who wishes to treat and/or perform VT on those with autism or developmental disabilities. It is well organized and has a logical flow. If you chose to incorporate individuals on the autism spectrum in your practice, this book will be a good resource. -- Journal of Behavioural Optometry, 2007

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