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My ds 8.5 will be starting VT next week. He has many significant vision issues. Both the dr. and the reading specialist told us to put the academicson hold for the next 3-4 months until the VT has had a chance to start working. Now for my ?, what should I do to help him maintain? He has just made some big leaps ( not big enough to catch up) in reading and math and I don't want to lose them.

 

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Kirstin

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We did VT, and you definitely want to do enough work to maintain. In fact, you can do even more than that. However, you want to be careful to limit the visual work. For example, you can teach additional phonics sounds in reading, but you probably don't want him spending more than half-an-hour at a time straining to read. Teach new things in ways that don't stress the visual processing system. Books-on-tape, oral math drills, etc. are all fine during this time.

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What should I do to help him maintain? He has just made some big leaps ( not big enough to catch up) in reading and math and I don't want to lose them.

 

Thanks,

Kirstin

 

Hi Kirstin,

 

First of all, you probably don't have to worry about him losing recent reading gains. It's more likely that he'll make some gains on his own as his visual system improves.

 

If the vision therapy regimen he's going to be going through involves almost daily home exercises, that's where I would channel the efforts. Don't assume that the VT department is taking care of the vision, so you should be working on the academics. If home exercises are an important part of the program, they should get priority.

 

As for math, I assume he's in second grade given his age. With a little imagination, you could turn the VT exercises into a math program by having him measure progress, time various exercises, count backwards as he does something requiring 10 repetitions, ask him how many he has left to do if he's done four already, etc. This way he's using math, and is more likely to retain it.

 

Just some thoughts, but I really wouldn't worry about the reading for a bit, as it will likely improve anyway as his vision skills improve.

 

Rod Everson

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