Saturday, January 14, 2012

Nearing the End of Vision Therapy

Here's a look at the binder I have for all Capt. N's vision stuff. It's crammed full of exercises & equipment.

To do this exercise he wears the red/green glasses & places the flipper up to an eye. When he can see the pictures all lined up & clear, he says the name of the picture, then flips the flippers, gets the pictures lined up again & clear & says the name of that picture.

Oh man, he's doing terrible on this exercise. He reads from left to right, saying aloud the numbers. He often repeats a line or skips a line. There's 4 different worksheets, he's not doing great on any of them. On the plus side, that seems to be his only mistakes. He's done the easier versions of this exercise in the past & made other errors. So, I'm glad to see he's not doing that. He would often say 8 when he would see the number 5. He doesn't seem to be doing that as often - which is good.

 Notes from the last 2 weeks at Vision Therapy:
• Visual Perception Skills Test ~ He did very well on this test at his initial evaluation. He scored 99% on the spatial section of the test & 91% on visual memory. His doctor said these skills are directly related to reading. (I'm not sure how, I will need to google this). She also commented that he has an engineering mind. She did the rest of the test recently, but I'm not sure how he scored in those sections.

• Span of Recognition ~  When he took the test where he wore the computerized goggles, his span of recognition came back low. His dr is using a computer program to work on this and at the same time strengthen his sequencing skills, which are also low.

• Rapid automatic naming ~ Capt. N's eye dr also said maybe there is a problem with his rapid automatic naming. She tested him over the summer and he didn't score high. Possibly that's why he reads slowly out loud. I also need to look more into this.

• Spatial ~ Since his handwriting is not great, his dr did another test that tests his spatial skills. The results came back fine. Her guess is then, that the poor handwriting is due to poor fine motor skills - which they do not work on.

• Nearly done! ~ She commented at his last appointment that he may be nearly finished with his vision therapy. We don't go in this next Monday, since it's MLK Day. But the Monday after that she will do a variety of tests on him & if he has improved enough she will cut his in-office visits to once a month & his homework down to 3 or 4 times per week.

My thoughts:
Soooo happy he's nearly done. I think it truly has worked. His quiet reading has improved tremendously and it doesn't seem to be such a chore for him. When he first started vision therapy, I was apprehensive & didn't want to get my hopes up. It wasn't so perfect, that now miraculously he's at grade level. But, it has seemed to help, & almost as importantly, it has made me realize there are probably a couple other issues I wouldn't have otherwise known to look for. In particular, I'm curious if he's got some kind of glitch with what he sees, how his brain deals with that information, and then how he gets the information back out - such as when he's writing or reading out loud. It does still seem to be difficult for him to read out loud - although it is improving. It's almost like you can just see how hard his brain is working to get all the correct words out. I would like him to take again the same test he took a few months ago that tested reversals and see the results. I'm curious if he can now notice that a letter or number is reversed and that he just has the problem with getting that correct information out when he writes. I'm also happy that it has opened a dialogue for us. He knows things to look for that might not be normal, where before he had no idea it wasn't normal for everybody - even though it was his normal.

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