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  1. The recent post on VT reminded me that I was intending to write a post, myself. Several months ago I posted on here for advice regarding my youngest, who had begun sounding out words more than a year earlier but had not made any progress. A few of you recommended taking him for a vision check with a COVD-certified optometrist. The long and short of the story is that we found out that he needed therapy, but it would be too much for us to afford--and we were not willing to put it on credit, as the doc suggested. (You can read the long version of this story on my blog, if you're really curious.) A friend of mine happened to have a binder full of vision therapy exercises given to her during her tenure as an OT. We've been doing the exercises at home 3-4 days a week for about 10 weeks, and YDS has gone from sounding out single words to reading Biscuit and Dr. Seuss books on his own. I know correlation does not necessarily equal causation, but for those parents who might be feeling stressed and panicky because their child needs vision therapy and they can't afford it, I thought I'd share what we did. The materials I was given were all simple print-outs with occasional hand sketches for illustrations; nowhere in the binder is any copyright information, and some of the pages are clearly labeled as take-home papers. That said, I still don't want to infringe on potential copyright, so I summarized the instructions for a dozen activities (some with multiple variations--bonus!) on my blog. If you are looking for some vision therapy materials to try at home, feel free to use these as a resource. Hopefully they will ease someone else's stress as they eased mine! **Side note: If it's of interest, the COVD doc also mentioned various primitive reflexes that weren't integrated, so in addition to the vision work (a couple exercises a day), we've been doing exercises to integrate primitive reflexes. So far we've done several weeks each of Starfish (moro) and Superman/Meatball (tonic labyrinthine), which we found instructions for on YouTube. I'm swinging for the fences by trying to cover everything I can!
  2. Tomorrow my 16 year old is going in for her first VT 2 hour eval. Her screening indicated that prism glasses wouldn't even help as she had difficulity with convergence and divergence both( I think..I need to see this stuff written down). I am embarrassed that I was so focused with her younger sister (who couldn't read till 12.. But doesnt need VT) that I never pursued VT for DD1.I know that DD1 works harder than most people as she ahs to reread things many times. She has a book mark in her books to keep her on track so she doesn't miss lines. The other day she was taking a sample college readiness test on the computer and she had to ask me if that symbol was an x or pie? I wouldn't tell her. Sigh. On a positive note, she passed them all and really wants to do dual credit. Academically, she is doing pretty well, but no wonder she is so tired. No wonder she has headaches and nausea. How could I have missed all of this? She is in 10th grade...can she make progress? I know that we will get reccomendations tomorrow, and are willing to shell out what it takes for more than once a week visits if we need to. Anyone have an older child that went through VT? She is a trooper..she will get all of it done. I just feel terrible that I should have noticed all of this 10 years ago. Sigh.
  3. We are in our 20th week now of vision therapy. DS asked to do one lesson a day, instead of doing half of each every day. We are just focusing on math and reading right now. I notice after about 15 minutes of math, when we are just about done anyway, he says he is tired of writing and starts covering one eye and his eyes are watering. Does that seem normal for how long we have been doing VT now? Of course everyone is different. But wondering based on other's VT experience when they seem to develop a bit more endurance? Thanks :)
  4. A VT group I follow on facebook posted about using a slant board and shared this article: http://www.thevisiontherapycenter.com/discovering-vision-therapy/bid/83804/Why-Your-Child-Should-Use-a-Slant-Board-for-Writing It keeps work at a 22 degree angle which is supposed to be better. passing along in case, like me, you hadn't heard of this before. I see my son's VT doc uses this with him, so looking around for one Has anyone made their own, seems easy enough. I do like this one: http://www.visualedgesb.com/products/slant-boards.html
  5. I recently found out that my DD has some vision issues - convergence being one of them. The Dr. we saw does some sort of vision training that he insists is not the same as vision therapy. He claims that traditional vision therapy does not have long-term results. IE, it doesn't actually solve the problem and there will be regression. Can I get some experienced opinions? Please share what problems were being corrected, how long the VT sessions lasted, and how long the VT results have lasted if you can. Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from those of you who have already been down this road.
  6. Well, tomorrow is what should be our last day of vision therapy. It has been quite a miserable sort of year, in all honesty. DS has been working hard on VT exercises, after much bribery and cajoling. DS still has significant number of letter reversals and writing issues (word spacings, issues with ascenders and descenders, etc). While he can read at a fifth grade level (single word decoding list), he has a hard time reading out loud and with comprehension. Long story short, we need a neuropsych eval. Unfortunately, DS is just wiped out from VT. He seems demoralized and just so frustrated with the world that it's almost painful. We are doing a bit of math, a bit of writing, and listening to history and literature of his choice. For math, he asked that math be in story format, so I'm writing a math book that is set in the Civil War. He all of the sudden now "hates" math. In any case, he talks about running away and getting away from math and school in general. He isn't a happy camper. I don't know what to do next. Should I try to push ahead with an eval? Should I give him time to detox from VT? If your child "graduated" from VT, how long did it take them to feel more themselves? Right now, just feeling defeated.
  7. Well, DS started VT today. He was a real trouper and I just felt I had to share how proud I was of him. It was obvious when he was working with his left eye that it is definitely where the problem lies, and he was struggling at times, and got a headache, but he wanted to keep going until he finished the work he had been assigned for the day by the Optometrist. He even went to karate afterwards, headachy and exhausted and all, with a smile on his face and determination in his heart. Yeah! Hope everyone is doing well. Best wishes! Edited to add, for anyone who has gone through VT with a child, any suggestions for helping with the headaches?
  8. Since medication and other evidence-based interventions have failed to improve DD's ADHD, SPD, anxiety, dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc., I am now researching alternative therapies including vision therapy. One of the recommendations from a clinical psychologist was to see someone trained in developmental optometry for a full vision assessment; there MAY be eye training exercises that would help her printing and reading skills. I have the following questions: 1) Is a FCOVD necessary (as opposed to FOOA or just a vision therapist)? I was shocked that there is not a single developmental optometrist in Canada's biggest city listed in the COVD.org website. :blink: There is only one FCOVD that I can drive to, but the cost is $220 and there is a waiting list. 2) I phoned our family optometrist who referred us to a developmental optometrist close to our home. She is not listed in the COVD site, but "does special testing for children with learning difficulties," including Visual Motor and Perceptual training, and her vision therapy pages seem helpful. The cost is only $89 and the advantage is that I can find out by next week if DD needs vision therapy. Is this non-COVD an OK place to start? 3) Has anybody tried home treatment programs such as HST (Home Vision Therapy System), Stereo Pac-man or Eyecanlearn.com? What is the cost of HST? 4) Does anybody know what "VSK" (Visual Skills Assessment) or "DIP" are?
  9. Our son (9) was diagnosed with strabismus, so we are following up with a pediatric ophthalmologist and then a developmental optometrist (we aren't sure which specialist holds what types of views in our particular area). The regular optometrist caught the strabismus and told us not to worry about it since DS sees 20\20. I don't know the terminology for his type of strabismus, but what we see in trying stuff at home is that he cannot cross his eyes. He can follow an object for a while as it approaches his nose, and then his left eye (the one with strabismus) will stop turning inward and move back straight. If we cover his good eye, the left eye will follow the object all the way in and turn appropriately. We've never noticed a problem cosmetically, but my son doesn't always have particularly good eye-contact. My son has always had issues with catching balls and such (but he also has sensory issues, so that could also contribute). I am wondering if anyone has had experience with this and can give me an idea of what to expect from each practitioner. Thanks!
  10. Several of you helped me work this out right before the holidays so I wanted to give an update. We just passed our 8 week mark and had an evaluation. Dd has improved so much already!!! Her tracking and focus has become noticeably better to me, to the dr, and in her tests. She's started reading again for fun!! I'm hardly noticing any reversals and she isn't confusing words as often. It's amazing and I think it seems so huge because I really had doubts about if VT would work at all. Now, the focus is on her eye teaming because she's still struggling with one eye wandering. Some of the exercises we do at home have made me really notice how bad it is. So, that's where we're at and I now really expect this to work for her and to continue to see improvements. She's supposed to have therapy into May so we've still got a while yet, but I just wanted to say thanks to those who helped me figure this out and put us on the right path. :thumbup1:
  11. I must admit, I had never considered that my DS's inability to read had anything to do with his inability to ride a bike or catch/hit a ball. But after getting his results from the COVD Dr it made sense! Now after 1 month of VT (2 days in the office and 4 days on the computer at home) he can ride a bike. He has tried so hard for so long and it finally just happened! I know I can not say for sure it is the VT, but I really think it helped!
  12. If you've done vision therapy, what kind of results did you see? It would be really helpful if you would post and tell us which choice you picked in the poll and the type and severity of your child's symptoms. I've never created a poll before, so give me a few minutes to get it up and running.
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