Assessments are as much as possible made fun for children. We avoid using eye drops as they can have unexpected effects in special needs (particularly autism) although we will use them if the advantages to the child outweigh the disadvantages.
The eye examination can vary in time, depending on the child and what tests are required. We appreciate that many children with special needs cannot concentrate and give them “time out” as necessary, respond to parents advice and also to the child themselves. We often get remarkable results, from children speaking for the first time to conversations with children who are “incapable” and when a child sees a face for the first time – we usually join in with the tears (this is a common improvement in ASD). However these results can vary significantly and we cannot promise any improvement (although it is rare that we don’t get some degree of progress).
The ability to read is not necessary for tests to take place.
Interventions may include advice on
Lighting and ergonomics
Complex or simple filters in lenses ( we do not use overlays as they have limited use – and can always be bettered)
Auditory processing assessment (referral)
Dietary assessment (referral)
Psychological assessment (referral)