The Effectiveness of Oculomotor Rehabilitation on Impaired Reading Skills: A Case Study Approach

Jamie L. Chichy, PT, DPT
Seton Hill University

Julie W. Ankrum, Ph.D
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Wincek-Bateson, OD
Pennsylvania College of Optometry


Research suggests that oculomotor dysfunctions, such as convergence insufficiency, impact children’s ability to read and write.  Studies have identified convergence insufficiencies in near 6.8% of school-aged children.  Oculomotor dysfunctions, such as convergence insufficiency, have responded favorably to oculomotor rehabilitation once identified.  This case study discusses the identification of an oculomotor dysfunction, treatment, and outcome for a 10 year-old who participated in a Title One reading program at their school as well as comparative Individualized Education Plan findings.  This case study supports the effectiveness of oculomotor rehabilitation treatment in addressing oculomotor dysfunctions that may impact a child’s ability to read and write as well as the value of oculomotor screening in addition to a traditional eye examination

Keywords: convergence insufficiency, reading skills, literacy

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