I wanted to take some time to put into words the feeling of appreciation I have for what you have done for my children. I am a middle school teacher and work for students of different abilities and heard about Vision Therapy from a relative who went through therapy. I asked colleagues about Vision Therapy and got a variety of input from “it is not worth the money” to “I have seen great results”. I decided to put my oldest son through the program first. With the changes I saw, I later put my two other children through therapy too.
The most significant change took place in my oldest son C.J. He has always had difficulty academically in school. He scored in the 15th-40thpercentile on standardized tests and we as a family, celebrated C’s on report cards because that was truly the best he could accomplish.
During the beginning of his fifth grade year I put him on the waiting list for vision therapy testing. He was reading at a third grade level and tears were sure to come if a book report was assigned. The way we progressed through the task of a book report was this; C.J. would read a chapter out loud to me and then write down an interesting fact that happened in the chapter, then I would read a chapter to him and he would write down the important events, and then back to C.J. and so on until the book was finished. He dreaded reading and I secretly wished that the teacher would not assign reading assignments. It was too much work for me.
C.J. went through the testing and then waited for therapy. He started therapy during the summer before his sixth-grade year. C.J. did his exercises regularly and finished therapy four weeks before the end of the first trimester at Rincon Middle School. His grades were much improved and more impressively was how he approached reading assignments. He was reading without constant supervision or support. He was given a reading test and he was now performing at a 5.9 grade level in reading. I was thrilled. I remember thinking when we went through the testing, that maybe I was pushing C.J. too hard, maybe C.J. was not as smart as his brothers and sister. Maybe this was as good as it got for him. I was wrong. This last trimester, my son, the D student, made honor role for the first time in his life. We all rejoiced and he feels he can even do better next time.
My other two children made improvements too. They were both A/B students and did well in school. The strides they made were not measured as easily as C.J.’s higher grades. I have noticed that things just come easier for them. Writing is not such a battle and Hannah’s spelling has improved. She had a lot of difficulty copying from the board and this no longer bothers her. Insight vision has helped all three of my children become better students and enjoy learning. Thank you, Dr. Dean!