At Chelsea Community Hospital, our current treatment data show that out of 326 consecutive admissions of neurologically impaired patients, 59% show some sign of post-trauma vision syndrome (PTVS), 12% have low vision with or without PTVS, and only 27% show no signs of visual impairment. In total, 71% of this patient population showed visual impairments inclusive of PTVS and low vision dysfunction. The staff of CCH recognize that the treatment of visual-motor and visual-perceptual impairments is an important component of rehabilitation after brain injury.
The Visagraph is a tool for objectively measuring eye movements. It identifies eye movement patterns that contribute to poor reading, inattention, impaired concentration and visual memory dysfunction. In consultation with the Occupational Therapy Department, Speech-Language Pathology staff at CCH administer Visagraph testing and provide training in the Reading Plus program. Training in silent reading efficiency and reading comprehension is tailored to the needs of individual readers.
The benefits of the Visagraph
- It provides objective measurement of reading comprehension correlated with eye movement patterns;
- It is useful for both inpatients and outpatients;
- It provides 97 grade level reading selections based on reading efficiency normative data obtained from a sample of over 12,000 subjects;
- It provides a numbers tracking test.
The benefits of the Reading Plus program
It provides the opportunity for direct training of eye movement patterns for:
- Silent reading fluency
- Reading comprehension
- Attention, and
- Short-term memory
The option to continue work with Reading Plus on-line at home with periodic retesting by CCH Speech-Language Pathology staff certified in Visagraph and Reading Plus.
For more information, please contact the Occupational Therapy Department at Chelsea Community Hospital at 734-593-5620.