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Reading Disorders and ADHD
"My eight-year-old son has ADHD and reading difficulties. I recently read about a sight problem that affects children with ADHD called convergence. What is it?"
Some children with ADHD or learning disabilities may have difficulty converging each eye to focus on the same stimulus. They may have double vision or experience eye fatigue. There is no clear understanding on how this eye problem might impact on a learning disability. Discuss this concern with your family doctor. He/she might refer you to a specialist to evaluate for this possibility.
Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.