Developmental Vision Care

Dr. Kenneth Westcott

Feature Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Westcott is a developmental optometrist in the Tidewater area. He received his doctorate in optometry from The Ohio State University, where he focused his clinical training in vision and child development.

His practice provides vision therapy to patients whose vision issues range in complexity, from those with reading and learning-related vision problems to those with autism, strabismus, and amblyopia, as well as those who have suffered a traumatic or acquired brain injury.

Dr. Westcott is a member of several professional organizations, including the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA).

He frequently lectures to parents and other professionals on topics of vision and learning, and he enjoys serving as a deacon in his local church. Since the inception of Developmental Vision Care, his vision therapy practice, over 15 years ago, he and his team have helped to improve the quality of life for hundreds of children, adults, and their families.

Kenneth’s Workshop & Session Topics
Thursday Noon-1 p.m. Special Needs Conference Learning Accommodations for Special Needs Learners

Many otherwise bright children struggle in their schoolwork each year or seem to be “smart in everything but school.” The American Optometric Association reports that at least 60% of these problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems that significantly affect their academic performance. Most startling, nearly all of these children have perfect eyesight. Dr. Westcott will discuss how visual development impacts learning and how to work around these visual problems in a homeschool setting.


Thursday 2 – 3 p.m. Special Needs Conference Autism Spectrum Disorders – A Look through the Eyes of ASD

Over 50% of children with autism spectrum disorders display behaviors or “stims” that are indicators of visual problems. Good vision is more than 20/20 eyesight! It requires the ability to point the eyes at what you need to see and effortlessly use the eyes together as a team. Some symptoms of visual problems are so characteristic they are used to diagnose ASD. Dr. Westcott is a developmental optometrist who understands and is able to diagnose vision problems that may be contributing to stimming behaviors. Dr. Westcott will discuss visual development and effective treatments for these conditions.


Session 2 Secret Strategy to Successful Spelling

What differentiates a great speller from a struggling speller? What piece is missing when a child spells words by how they sound, cannot remember the spelling words they have been practicing over and over again, or—even with much review—struggles to pass a spelling test? Join us as Dr. Westcott addresses all of these questions and how it relates to vision! He will discuss the perceptual tools necessary to be a successful speller and will review specific strategies to make use of them in a homeschool setting.

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Session 3 Vision and Learning: Understanding Vision Problems

According to the National Parent Teacher Association, over 10 million children have undiagnosed vision problems that interfere with their schoolwork. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. The eyes must effortlessly focus, track, and work together as a coordinated team to perform many visual tasks, as well as understand and remember what is read. Dr. Westcott will demonstrate how vision problems impact the learning process and how to easily detect them.

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Session 6 ADHD and Vision: Unlocking the Mystery

The diagnosis of ADHD can create more questions than it solves. Important research has found that undetected vision problems often elicit many similar signs. The eyes must effortlessly coordinate together to sustain the up-close demands of reading and writing. Children lacking these important visual skills often see clearly, but avoid near tasks after only a few minutes. How attention develops, and how to separate a treatable vision problem from true attention problems, are discussed.

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