British Tracking and Reading Specialists
In Scotland, Dr. Alison Hood, who has now retired, was very expert and very helpful. Her successor can be contacted through the Nuffield Eye Hospital in Glasgow. You do not need to ask a GP to refer your child to the Nuffield – you can seek a private consultation without a reference from a medical doctor.
In the South of England, the late Keith Holland, in Cheltenham, was an optometrist (optician) with a special interest in tracking problems. I believe his wife continues to run his practice.
He also contributed an excellent short lecture to another site full of information about dyslexia and dyspraxia:
In his lecture he recommends the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists who can offer diagnoses and help if a child seems to have visual problems.
The British and Irish Society of Orthoptists holds a list of specialists who can deal with this sort of problem but, at present, will not release it for publication. Contact them at:
and ask if they will tell you who, in your particular area, might be able to diagnose and treat this type of visual disorder.
Educational psychologists all over Britain will know about tracking problems and some may be very expert in diagnosing and treating the problem (especially when it is not extreme and severe.)
Others may conflate this problem with other processing problems, for which there are many, many causes.
State schools may be better at spotting and dealing with this problem than private schools – it is difficult to generalise.
But lots of teachers and lots of experts seem to be muddling up tracking problems with dyslexia (‘reading and writing problems without an obvious cause’) – it is important not to make this mistake.
Tracking seems to be an eye problem, perhaps caused by musculature malfunctions. It is an ‘obvious cause’ of reading and writing problems.
Processing and thinking problems, problems ‘behind the eyes’, seem to cause dyslexia and educational under-performance of various different types.