Through vision therapy, my daughter has made tremendous improvements-academically, socially and emotionally. She is in fifth grade now, but by the time she entered second grade, I realized that she was having more difficulties than I could "fix" myself. She had already been diagnosed with Asperger's, and we had done much therapy for things like sensory and social issues, anxiety, etc. In her school work she struggled to get through each lesson. She couldn't focus, lost her place every other line while reading, forgot day to day lessons (especially math facts), complained of headaches, etc. She wanted to do well but couldn't!
I began my search by looking into ADD. She was diagnosed with ADD and we began medication as well as my changing the way I was teaching her (we home school). This seemed to help at first, but I could still tell there wasn't something right. So I took her to an eye doctor as a start (headaches). They said she was farsighted and needed glasses. Again, this seemed to help at first, but then she said the glasses didn't help her at all; she could see just as well without them.
So it went for two years...trying various methods to help her. Then in one of my internet searches, I read about vision therapy. As I read I saw my daughter in everything I read. At the beginning of her 4th grade year we began vision therapy. We really worked hard during the year. The work that was done with my daughter through Advanced Eye Center had amazing results. By the end of that year, she was reading with expression (she began to comprehend what she was reading!!). She wasn't losing her place as she read, her memory had improved (so math facts weren't so hard for her anymore), her handwriting improved and she DID NOT need glasses. Also, on daily comprehension practices, she went from scoring 40-50% to 90-100%! On her end of the year California Achievement Test, she scored a 98% in Reading and the test went smoothly!!
We have been doing various therapies and treatments since my daughter was 4 years old and I would have to say that our year in vision therapy was the most productive year seeing the most amazing results. For anyone considering this, I would tell you that it is worth every penny and minute you put into it.
- Mother of Hannah