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A specialized neurovisual assessment

A medical examination focused on the essential pre-requisites for learning basic skills

Neurovision Consulting offers a specific medical care focused on screening for neurovisual diseases, in collaboration with referring physicians, pediatricians and neurologists.

Associated with the neuro-ophthalmologic and ophthalmologic assessments, the neurovisual examination evaluates the what-and-where pathways, ie the occipito-parietal pathway (object recognition) and the occipito-temporal pathway (spatial vision). Impairments in the what-and-where pathways are linked to learning disabilities and hyperactivity.

 

The exploratory visual strategy

The importance of a child’s early learning

The occipital-parietal pathway includes many cognitive elements such as perception of moving objects, visual motor coordination tasks and perception of body movement. This pathway is therefore crucial for the development of visuospatial praxes (eg cycling, tying shoelaces… ).

 

An efficient visual exploratory strategy is required to learn such praxes. This strategy, which is gradually acquired, will enable a child to learn new skills involving higher levels of cognition, such as reading. To learn how to read, a child first needs to learn the rules of written-language (eg, in Switzerland, one reads from left to right, top to bottom). Then, by refining his/her visual strategy, the child can tackle longer, more complicated texts, with greater fluency.

 

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