Author: Ken Lane, OD
The Lane Academic Readiness Screen (LARS) is a questionnaire that is designed to identify children who may be at risk for possible school difficulties due to reading or vision problems. This is primarily for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, but it could be useful for children in all grades. The questionnaire is used to identify problems in directionality, laterality, gross motor skills, visual motor skills, simultaneous and sequential processing, eye tracking, and attention.
Once a childe has been tested using the LARS, adults can plan a program to help address the problems identified by the results. The LARS directs users to specific packages of workbooks that contain activities and therapy procedures that will help the child improve reading speed and proficiency.