Before Vision Therapy Maisie was having problems with tracking and keeping on the right line while reading out loud. Her fluency testing in school was always very low and in a "needs intervention" category. She lacked confidence and felt behind her peers. In state testing or timed testing she scored very below average. She now has confidence in her vision and abilities - while she may not "love" reading, she enjoys it and no longer fights it. She's still improving on speed, but it's a night and day difference from where she was before. From struggling to stay on a line and having runny eyes that were tired with strain to now being able to follow chapter books without a problem. I can still see her working out how to use her new skills, but I'm very encouraged that she will just continue to improve. She went from kindergarten to first grade reading level to now being at grade level. We are thrilled.
Before Vision Therapy Teagan was having problems with words blurring or moving around on the page when he would read. when reading out loud he would frequently skip words or lines. He stumbled over words and struggled with poor penmanship and spelling. He loved to read, but would have to blink and shake his head often to "get the words back in the right place." Tegan also plays piano and struggled with sight reading. He had to memorize songs in order to play them well. Since Vision Therapy, Teagan has noticed a huge change in reading. He rarely experiences the double or blurred vision while reading. When he reads out loud he rarely skips lines or words and is much more fluent. In piano his sight reading has improved and he has notice that the notes are easier to read. Most of this Vision Theapy was throughout the summer so we are excited to see how this affects his classroom behavior when he goes back to school. Especially in English where he has always struggled the most to stay focused. Hopefully he won't get distracted so easily once the words and letters all stay in their place!
Thank you IVDC!
Before Vision Therapy Jaxson would not read anything because he couldn’t see. He also struggled with math and slowly over time he stopped doing all of his math assignments. He also gave up on piano because he couldn’t see the notes on the page. He felt like a failure in sports because he would miss the baseball on most swings and would even miss kicking a soccer ball. After Vision Therapy life for Jaxson has become very different. For the first time in several years Jaxson does not fight to do homework. He is back taking piano lessons. Now when reading as a family Jaxson will ask if he can read aloud longer. His teacher told me recently that for the first time this year, he volunteered to share and answer in math class. Slowly, Jaxson’s confidence in himself is being built back up. I hope to see continued success in school and extracurricular activities. Jaxson is happy again.
Before Vision Therapy, Micah had problems reading. We noticed when Micah read out loud that he would frequently skip lines. He seemed to lose his place easily. He also had terrible handwriting no matter how much he’d practice. Most concerning was the fact that he would get headaches if he read or worked too long, and he avoided writing.
I have a nephew who is an eye therapist back east, and one day, out of curiosity, I looked up his website. There, I found a list of common signs for eye tracking and convergence problems and realized that they described Micah. We had him tested, and, sure enough, he had some issues. After therapy, he doesn’t complain of headaches, his handwriting is improving, and he has a much better attitude about writing. Now that I think about it, he gets motion sickness less frequently when we drive too. He has a much better attitude about school as well. The therapy practices were sometimes hard to fit into busy schedules, and he didn’t always love them, but they work!
Before Vision Therapy Riker had problems with reading and recognizing letters to sound out words. Doing homework was a crying battle. When it was time to read anything he would cry, say it was too hard, and that he couldn't do it. Vision Therapy was hard at first and he didn’t like the “homework,” but he also would say he was noticing a difference. Things like reading were getting easier. We have now finished Vision Therapy, and last night I had to steal the book from him so that he would go to bed!