Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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Parenting with Your Eyes Wide Open! Understanding Vision Therapy and How it Could Help Your Child, hosted by CHOICES Chapter

Monday, September 30 at 7:00 pm, Edina Community Center, Room 350, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina 55424

Does your child read very slowly? Skip words or lines when reading or completing copy work? Reverse numbers, letters, words, or right and left? Become unusually tired when reading, even if your child loves to read? 

If your child shows any of these signs or others*, vision therapy may be helpful. Vision therapy is akin to physical therapy with a specific focus on the visual system. It teaches the eyes and brain to work together more efficiently to improve visual function and ameliorate struggles. 

Many families have seen a link between giftedness and vision issues, which prompted the CHOICES Chapter to create this session. Join us to learn more! 

This session will cover what functional vision is, the difference between functional vision and eyesight, the symptoms of functional vision deficits and the issues they can cause, how vision therapy can help, and possible treatment options. 

The main speaker will be: Mindy Heino, COVTMs. Heino is a Board Certified Optometric Vision Therapist and kiddo expert all rolled into one. She has a degree in child psychology and previously worked in a special education setting. Mindy has been working with kids for more than 20+ years, including more than 12 years at Minnesota Vision Therapy Center. 

Barring a patient emergency, information may also be provided by: Dr. Lori Mowbray, OD, FCOVDDr. Mowbray is a Board Certified Developmental Optometrist and a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She founded the Minnesota Vision Therapy Center after discovering the benefits of vision therapy early in her career and has been letting the results speak for themselves ever since. A nationally recognized expert in Vision Therapy, Dr. Mowbray has conducted pioneering work with children and adults with functional vision problems. Her innovative approach treating visual dysfunctions has allowed her clients to reach success in all areas of vision. She has been seeing patients for over 35 years.  

* A more detailed list of symptoms is available at: https://www.minnesotavisiontherapy.com/symptom_checklist

Questions? Contact: [email protected]