Success Despite Labels: "Lazy Student" or "Lazy Kid"...we thought his problems were caused by lack of focus and laziness. We can still remember his reaction, "See, Dad, it's not my fault!", after we finally knew that his issues were based on his vision skills. It just about broke our hearts! [More]
In the short time of six months I have seen Matthew go from, "I just can't do it," to "It was kind of hard, but this is what I did." [More]
Many times we think that children are just not trying, when it could be a problem with their eyes that could be corrected. I wish someone had told me about Vision Therapy sooner. [More]
The aspect of Vision Therapy for which I am most grateful is that it showed me that there was a reason Ricky had trouble learning to read and write. He wasn't lazy, stupid or "just not trying." [More]
Michael had a problem with eye tracking and focus. Unfortunately, we thought he was just lazy and slow. [More]
She hated to read out loud, ... Everyone thought my child was just lazy, because she could spell so well.[More]
How terrible we felt as parents that we did not know just how bad his vision was! ... our son used to get in trouble for bad grades (we thought he just wasn't trying). [More]
Our first intimation of Travis' vision problem was when he started 1st grade. We thought it was just laziness on his part or perhaps a personality conflict with his teacher. To us, our only obvious solution was to step up the discipline. [More]
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Julian has always been a very happy child but frequently frustrated when it came to reading and improving his skills in most of the sports he played. I think his frustration became ours and both Dorothy and I felt terrible in hindsight because we thought his problems were caused by lack of focus and laziness.
In the short time of six months I have seen Matthew go from, "I just can't do it," to "It was kind of hard, but this is what I did." His whole outlook has changed. I knew we were making progress when while working on our therapy one night he said, "Mom, I know which one I am not suppose to see." [See Double Vision].
My daughter was 10 years old. She had problems with reading over the previous 5 years in school. We had her in special reading groups where she received a lot of one-on-one attention. She tried very hard, but just could not improve her reading. In one of the monthly parent/teacher group meetings regarding problems at school, one of the teachers asked if we had gone to a specialist for her eyes. The teacher had had the same type of reading problems with her daughter and suggested an appointment with Dr. X.
The Vision Therapy/visual perceptual program has been wonderful for Ricky. School is so much less frustrating this year (for both of us). His teachers have been very interested in and supportive of the program.
Benefits of Vision Therapy:
Michael had a problem with eye tracking and focus. He was not doing well in school and had problems with sports. Unfortunately, we thought he was just lazy and slow. Michael went for Vision Therapy for three months and very quickly improved in school. There are no more problems regarding sports either. Michael showed flashes of smartness and brightness before he had therapy. Now, after Vision Therapy, his real self comes through all the time.
She hated to read out loud, but she usually got 100% on spelling tests. Everyone thought my child was just lazy, because she could spell so well. The teacher would get angry at her. Now she'll read out loud, and helps her little brother with his reading. She has more self-esteem now.
My second son, Joe, had a problem with reading comprehension. He knew every word, but scored very low on every comprehension test. I would read nightly with him and watch him omit every small word (a, or, the). I thought he was lazy, but he was also diagnosed with the problem where his eyes did not work together. Since Vision Therapy, the results in his reading comprehension have changed dramatically. Thank you!
When our son was having trouble in school (bad grades), we had some testing done. He was seen by a psychologist, independent of the school system, and it was brought to our attention that he had visual problems that may have been interfering with his abilities with schoolwork. We had a visual examination done and it was horrifying to know that he could NOT see the biggest letters on the eye chart. How terrible we felt as parents that we did not know just how bad his vision was! We went through the "guilties" because our son used to get in trouble for bad grades (we thought he just wasn't trying). We found out that he needed bifocals, and for a 13 year old, that was BIG BAD news. It was hard for him to adjust to glasses, let alone bifocals ... we also went through broken glasses (somewhat normal for teenage boys) and still some difficulty with schoolwork.
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