Visual (Seeing) problems of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

As with other sensory inputs, the children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have issues with vision too.
For ordinary people the world appears in one way and we all ‘see’ the physical things in the world in more or less the same manner.
For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the world appears differently. They are seeing the physical objects in a different way than the normal people around them.
They may not see an object where we see them, they may not see the complete object either. They may be sensitive to harsh lights or flickering lights. It may turn them off and they may not be able to express what is hurting them thus compounding the issue as the Adults around them cannot understand why the child has suddenly become moody or cranky. These children are viewing the world with a different lens than normal people.
Some of the vision issue the children face would be:

  • Eye movement issues
  • Inability to see object and bumping into them
  • Poor eye contact when talking to others
  • Difficulty in focusing on objects for a greater length of time
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fixated at looking at certain moving objects
  • Fleeting glances at objects in their peripheral vision

Early intervention can help correcting some vision problems in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder thus helping them to cope better with the world around them. Although not all the vision issues can be corrected focus should be on fixing issues that can be fixed.