Vision, Attention and Reading
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This is Laurie Cestnick, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist who practices in Massachusetts. She has impressive credentials, having taught at Harvard and MIT, and being on the staff of the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Mass. Dr. Cestnick has published some interesting research relating to visual processes and dyslexia, and in particular is very interested in visual attention. Her work is a nice example of the potential synergy between clinical neuropsychologists and developmental/rehabilitative optometrists. You may recall that a couple of months ago I did a six part series on our patient, Ruth, who is experiencing alexia sine agraphia. As Ruth recovered in therapy and in time, she progressed from alexia to dyslexia, and she exhibits features of hemispatial neglect layered on top of her right homonymous field loss. The last part of the series discussed optometric approaches to visual attention and temporal order challenges in patients with acquired dyslexia that can also be seen in children with developmental dyslexia. For that reason I found this YouTube video presentation by Dr. Cestnick of particular interest.
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