Vision Therapy for Special Needs

Vision Therapy for Special Needs in Olympia

American Family Vision Clinic

Vision Problems and Autism (ASD)

While autism and vision problems are separate medical issues, they are often comorbid and symptoms can overlap, which may make it harder to tell if a child has a vision issue along with autism. Vision therapy treatment for these vision issues will not correct autism, but alleviating these problems can help significantly.

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Vision Therapy for Autism (ASD)

Vision therapy is a great option for correcting vision issues which often occur in children with autism. Learn more about the link between vision and autism, and how vision therapy can help.

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Vision Therapy for Autism (ASD)
Vision Therapy for Down Syndrome

Vision Therapy for Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is another disability which people do not immediately link with vision problems. However, here, as well, vision issues can be impacting a child with down syndrome, exacerbating their other problems. Correcting these vision issues can significantly help improve their quality of life.

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Vision Therapy for Down Syndrome

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

Non-verbal learning disorder, while not an officially diagnosed problem like autism, ADHD, or down syndrome, is a learning disability which is also often found alongside vision issues which can play a major role in the problems suffered by a child with this condition. 

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Vision problems are extremely common in children with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and non-verbal learning disorder.

In addition to helping people with learning-related vision issues, vision therapy can also help improve the quality of life for people who are neurodiverse. These include people with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and non-verbal learning disorder.

While these problems are not caused by vision issues, neurodiverse people often do have vision issues which, if corrected, can significantly improve their quality of life. As with many other vision issues in which certain skills are lacking, vision therapy is a great treatment option.

To schedule a developmental eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients with developmental vision issues visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.


Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

Amy Fagerness
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