By Chong Wee Hou, IECRC

Children with learning difficulties may present to eye care professionals at various stages of their development. Sometimes, spectacle correction for refractive errors may not be enough to solve the problem that the children are facing.

Mr Yap Tiong Peng, senior consultant optometrist from IGARD Group Singapore, gave a lecture titled “Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia: How Can Eye Care Professionals Help?” at the inaugural Singapore Primary Eye Care Symposium 2017 at One Farrer Hotel & Spa.

Learning disability is a disorder in one or more of the basic cognitive and psychological processes involved in understanding or using written or spoken language. It may present as an impairment in the ability to read, write, spell, speak or perform mathematical calculations.

Dyslexia is one of the most common multifactorial language-based learning disability that interferes with the ability to read and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Mr Yap shared with the participants the different methods and teaching strategies to help children overcome their learning difficulties during the learning process.

Mr Yap concluded his talk by sharing a successful case study on helping children with dyslexia.