i need help

Ume Ammara - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my son almost 4 cant fix the blocks properly.he cant open the bottle.he has difficullty using his fingers properly.his eye sight is weak.he has difficulty in focussing at things when they r so close.are these problems are related to each other.i mean his eye sight is weak thats why he cant figure things better.im confused.what should i d?

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Emily - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think they definatly are related. My daughter is 5 1/2 and has had glasses since she was 9 months old due to ROP and severe nearsightedness and because her vision is so poor, 20/150 with her glasses, she had a hard time with all small motor skills. The occupational tharapist comes twice a week to her school and works with her on them. Most kids when they learn these things; snaps, sippers, buttons, pencil control, etc can just look down and see what they are doing but if there is a visual imparement they can't connect the hand eye coordination they need to do it. I would see a pediatric opthamologist, if you haven't already, and also check with your school system about a 3&4 year old screening. If he does have a visual imparement he qualifies for aid and programs through the school.



I hope this helps and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions! Emily

Andrea - posted on 02/05/2010

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I would defintely take to him to an opthamologist. We have one for our son that deals with premature babies/children. He looked at our son in the NICU and we continue to see him. Once his eyes are looked after, the other things may get better as they could be related.

LAURA - posted on 02/05/2010

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Sometimes poor eyesight is linked with premature children so I think you should take him to either the optician or the doctor to get his eyes checked - he might just need glasses. The other problems are most likely coming from his inability to see properly.



Hope everything goes OK. Laura xo

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