“I never knew he couldn’t see, it’s like: Did nobody think to ask?”
Hopkins studies student vision, learning
In the month after Alexander Dominguez joined Maygon Thompson’s third-grade class at Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary School, he breezed through worksheets and quickly rose to be among the most studious members.
So when the third-grader couldn’t read a relatively simple sentence on the board, Thompson was puzzled.
“I thought he was kidding,” said Thompson, a special educator at the public school in Southwest Baltimore. “But he’s so serious about his work, it had to be something else.”
A team of researchers at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital might have figured out that “something else.” They’re trying to answer a basic but overlooked question: Are students struggling to read because they can’t see?
For the past six months, Hopkins pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Megan Collins has been conducting screenings and administering glasses to students in a dozen Baltimore elementary schools to produce a first-of-its-kind study that attempts to link vision deficiencies and literacy in a school-based population.
Green, Erica. “Hopkins Studies Student Vision, Learning.” The Baltimore Sun. 26 May 2015. Web. 21 Dec. 2015.
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