Read what patients have to say about vision therapy at our office.
Before Vision Therapy
My child’s condition before Vision Therapy was filled with anxiety, low self-esteem, and behavior challenges in school. He would always come home saying that he was ‘stupid’ and did not want to be in his class or do his work. I never had doubt that my child could not do his work because “it was too difficult”, but I could never pin point where my child may have needed help. I would never have guessed that the way his brain visually processed information would be the result of his struggles.
He was diagnosed with “High Functioning Autism” and ADHD, and this came with many challenges, however I was not going to let this diagnosis become a factor in my child’s personal success. I was told not to put him on medication’s right away, but I knew to dig more and seek alternative treatments or therapies to uncover any underlying issues that may be present and this is exactly how I chose Vision therapy for my child.
He had always passed all prior eye evaluations from both his Pediatrician and the school nurse.
I discussed accommodations with my child’s teacher, such as having him sit closer to the smartboard or near any words that he was to copy, I also provided a slant board for my child to use in class.
After Vision Therapy
Since doing Vision Therapy, I have definitely seen academic changes in my child. This is due to the fact that Vision Therapy has given my child all the confidence to reach his full potential. My child is better able to focus on the tasks at hand that are given to him with more ease. DJ has always done well academically, where he struggled was in putting his focus on his work because he was not able to visually process what was in front of him and “put it all together”. DJ has always been a child who loves to learn and read, now this is seen as apparent in his school life!
There have been major behavioral changes in school. He is no longer seen as a child whom is “defiant” and “uncooperative”. DJ feels more confident and this reflects in his behavior in that he no longer acts out in class such as causing disruptions, not wanting to complete his class work, or having low self-esteem, which were all manifestations of DJ’s visual processing deficits. Vision Therapy has given DJ the confidence to be successful in both behavioral and academic aspects of his life.
He has made a tremendous improvement in visually processing what he sees, especially when it comes to reading. DJ has always been a strong reader, but is better able to read more ease and does not stumble on letter reversals when it comes to B’s an D’s anymore. His visual system overall has improved and I notice that he can more quickly comprehend what he reads and sees. He no longer struggles with low self-esteem because he is able to better process and “put it all together” as he says.
I encourage any parents whose child is struggling academically or behaviorally to consider a consult with a Behavioral Optometrist because all behavior is communication and negative behavior can absolutely be the result of an unidentified visual deficit. Always look above and beyond the negative to uncover a positive. I can absolutely say without a doubt that Vision therapy has helped my child achieve his true potential!
“Mary was having problems with reading. She would skip lines and words. In addition, reading made her tired and frustrated, so completing her homework in a timely manner was becoming more and more difficult. The counselor told us she could see her confidence level going down.”
Since Vision Therapy, “Mary’s reading (both comprehension and speed) has improved. She no longer skips lines and rarely skips words. Mary’s spelling has also improved. Mary doesn’t get frustrated and fatigued while reading, so homework isn’t such an issue as before. She isn’t having headaches at school and the school counselor has commented on Mary’s self-confidence and how she is comfortable talking about her vision.”
Luke is in a full time gifted program yet he struggled with reading comprehension and fluency since 1st grade. His teacher noticed that he skipped words and lines of paragraphs while reading. Before Vision Therapy “we could barely get Luke to read 90 pages of reading a week at a low level. Now he has no problem reading his goal of 160 and can read whatever interests him.”
“Gabbi couldn’t really see out of her left eye. Her failed vision test in kindergarten and 1st grade, accompanied by her left eye turning, led me to take her to a pediatric optometrist.” Since Vision Therapy, “her headaches have subsided. Her grades went from good to EXCELLENT! Her love and ability to read have increased tremendously. I noticed an increase in her interest of challenging herself.”
Noel was always in remedial reading classes. Since Vision Therapy “she seems more interested in being successful at school. She is less negative about her ability to achieve success” at academic tasks and makes positive comments. “She enjoyed coming to appointments. The therapists were engaging and friendly.”