Vision Therapy

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Vision Therapy
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Sun, 09-28-2003 - 7:11pm
I know one of the reasons Liam was mistakenly thought to be Aspergers by the principal is his eye contact. He will watch you talk, then, if he wants to respond, he will get your attention by making eye contact and vocally, but when he says whatever it is he has to say, he looks up, and straight ahead, not at whoever he is talking to. It is like he is "getting" it out of his head. That look you get when you are trying to remember a phone number. And, it takes him a while to get his point across. So a lot of his peers leave before he is done! Adults, too!

Once I found out about the CAPD, I just thought it was part of that, but now that I know he has a visual processing disorder, I'm thinking it could be that! We are going to take him for vision therapy. I have found a very reputable Optometrist. Of course, like Lindamood-bell, and FastForWord, it is $3000! (ouch!) But both the PhD and the audiologist (also his reading specialist)think it needs to be done. I guess the words "bounce" on the page. They have worked with a number of kids both before and after VT, and they think it could actually work for him.

But, honestly, it sounds a little hokey to me. Have any of y'all done this?

Thanks!

Sio

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Registered: 07-11-2003
In reply to: sio64
Sun, 09-28-2003 - 7:52pm

Sio,


I don't know anything about this therapy you speek of, it sounds similar to what Jade is doing with her opthamologist, but he doesn't charge $3000.

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In reply to: sio64
Sun, 09-28-2003 - 9:38pm
Candes,

I will email you, and, thank you, I'd love to get the packet! I haven't been to the center, but I've visited their web sight. A lot of reading specialists like it a lot, as it is a multi sensory approach. I've found a great reading specialist board on yahoo called ReadNOW. they talk it up a lot! I didn't however, know about the home school program! Good thing for us to do over the summer!

Did you get a chance to check out V/V? I think that one is designed for comprehension. We are looking at Lips and Seeing Stars. I think, on any of this stuff, if you get just 20% improvement of what they say you can get, then that is progress! But, based on their web sight, I do like their philosophy. And, to think Linda Mood was one of the first people to say AD/HD kids were NOT mentally deficient, just needed a better /different style of teaching. In my book, she has hero status!

I've told you in previous posts that my best friend growing up has a son who has AS. So I think when I visit her in Charlotte over the next month or so, I will check out the LMB center there. I don't know though, I'll go visit, and if she wants to go, we will go. He just got diagnosed a couple months ago, and I think now that she has the dx, and got to say "oh, this all makes sense!" She needs some time away from the obsession part. So I won't push it.

Another friend of mine is taking her son to do the 12 week program. I'll tell you how that goes as well. Both of the LMB providers I know say there is no reason to go to the center, and that you can get just as much out of the program from a local provider. So, I think it would easily be a home schooler friendly approach...I just didn't know they actually had a home school program! And $350 is starting to feel like $50 did last year.

Actually, the provider I have here in Wilmington NC is only charging me $25 an hour, so I can't actually complain about the LMB cost. It sure beats the $65 an hour they charge at the center. But, if I could do it myself over the summer....hmmmm.

About your Opthamologist, is he/she addressing tracking issues? How often does jade see him/her?

zillions of thanks!

Sio

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sio64
Sun, 09-28-2003 - 11:41pm

Actually Vision therapy is listed in California State Ed. Code as a DIS service (similar to Speech, OT, PT, etc)

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In reply to: sio64
Sun, 09-28-2003 - 11:42pm
Sio,

I do a at home vision therapy program with my son that cost me $600. It is specifically designed to address the tracking issue. It is sold by a man named Steve Shapiro in Colorado Springs. It is called the Learning Connection. If you are interested in talking to him, I believe he has an 800 number. You can talk to him directly. The program cost includes personal support when needed. If you want any more info let me know.

bles

bugs

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In reply to: sio64
Mon, 09-29-2003 - 7:06am
Thanks Ladies!

First, Renee, moving to CA is looking better and better! Another parent in my county challenged the school district to pay for VT and lost, so the county is very firmly saying no. I bet your SD also pays for FastForWord! It still blows my mind that they have LMB as part of their service arsenal! There is a GE in San Jose, but you probably aren't within commuting distance, are you? (tears).

Bugs, when I get home, I will do a search. Also, I think I will get him the sensory-motor exam just to see what they come up with, and to check out that clinic. I come from a long line of medical snobs! Once my lineage hit that American soil, all the first generation Americans went into Medicine and Education. They don't generally like Optometrists. "If you need an eye doctor, go to an Ophthalmologist" is what I got from a lot of them. Except my dad (he is usually the worst). He said he knew the Optometrist who started this clinic and that it has a great reputation. Even dad thinks there's something to VT! $600 sounds a lot better then $3000!

Sio

PS Today will be interesting. Yesterday dh took Liam out on the boat and he chipped his tooth! He hates going to the dentist. Last time we went, he had to be sedated. Boys!

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 7:50am

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Candes  
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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 10:26am
You probably live close to where I would live if we moved there! I'm just talking. I actually am the one that wont move. Dh isn't nearly as attached to this town as I am!

California just seems to be very progressive when it comes to services for kids! NC is not! Also, our cost of living is a lot less.

Actually, I used to live in California. Marin County. Navato. I was in Junior High. Mom worked in Napa Valley and Dad worked at the Prisidio. The Bay Area is a lot of fun!

Sio

Who is very sad, I have to go to the memorial service for one of my friends son. Terrible accient. He fell under his fathers truck when it was moving, just 7 years old. If you don't mind, say a little prayer for Evan and his parents.