Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WELCOME TO ALLI'S VISION THERAPY STORY - READ THIS POST FIRST


The goal of this blog is to condense the story of Alli's journey through Vision Therapy.  I have been documenting it all along on my other TWO blogs, but I wanted to condense it all in one nice organized place so here it is.  At the top of this blog you will see links to all the pages you will need to read about Alli and her journey from STRUGGLING to read the book Jill is holding (on the left)....to being ABLE to read the story she is holding (on the right).  Below I list some helpful information for you in setting out to learn about Vision Therapy.

I also wanted to briefly mention that a lot of anti-vision therapy "stuff" out there argues that Vision Therapy may not be the only "therapy" that is helping a child to improve in school.  Often, when children are doing VT, they also have a lot of other interventions going on, reading tutor, speech therapy, IEPs, etc....  I am sure that in many cases this might be true, but one of the things I LOVE about Alli's story is that there was NO OTHER intervention. 

  • She did not have a reading specialist working with her - Only me, who she had one on one for TWO years, doing my best to teach her how to read.   (I have a MASTERS DEGREE in Math, not reading....)
  • She did not have an IEP, resource classes or specialists.  She did not go to a tutor for anything.  Again, it was me and her....
  • She was not going to a speech therapist
  • There was nothing that changed for her in the 6 months between not reading and reading, EXCEPT, we started VISION THERAPY!! 
If you want to learn more about this journey we have been one please read all of the bullets below and then start where you would like:


  • I recommend you start with HOW VISION THERAPY CHANGED ALLI'S LIFE.  I say this because when I first started on this journey myself I really just wanted a QUICK answer...will this work?  is it worth the money?  Alli cannot even read, what if this only helps if a child can read?  are there other success stories out there?  This is the QUICK answer....
  • Next, THE LONG ROAD WE TRAVELED will take you through Alli's entire life talking about all the things along the way that were symptoms of vision problems, but I did not know it at the time.  You can skip this if you are not interested. Her VT story makes sense without reading this post.  Maybe a good read for someone you know who has a 2 year old who REFUSES to do jigsaw puzzles or color in coloring books.  DISCLAIMER....This is all my own opinion, I actually do not know if her vision problems caused her to not like blocks, legos, dot to dots, worksheets, etc.....but I feel pretty strongly that it is related. 
  • Next, I suggest you click on ALLI'S JOURNEY.  This post is like a long conversation with me.  It starts in the beginning when I thought she was FINALLY going to have reading CLICK, goes through the trials of being told she needs glasses and then being told she doesn't need glasses.  I explain how I felt as I was told over and over DO NOT DO VISION THERAPY.  Next, I link to every blog post I wrote as Alli DID do Vision Therapy.  And FINALLY, my thoughts on Vision Therapy after dedicating over 130 hours, $2000, and realizing it is by far THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE AS A MOTHER.  

  • AND if you are interested in reading a more detailed journey then you would want to read the CLOSER LOOK page. This page will go through a little of what therapy looked like for Alli along with the overall improvements as activities were completed. 
ENJOY this site and PLEASE contact me using the contact form to the right.  If you have any questions or you have information you would like me to add to this blog (especially under the RESOURCES heading) I would love to hear from you.

Have a beautiful day!!
Jenny

6 comments:

  1. What kind of vision therapy did she have to do? I live in Illinois and need to find someone to help me with vision therapy for my son.

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    1. We did lots of various activities. She was under the care of a developmental optometrist. If you click on the link that says "A closer look at Alli's Therapy" I describe some of what she did. You can also go to www.covd.org and type in your zip code and it will list all the doctors qualified in Vision Therapy in your area.

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  2. That is really cool and amazing. I didn't know that vision therapy worked so well. I am really happy that everything worked out so well. Glad to know that everything is well and taken care of.

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    1. Thank you. We are so happy and pleased with how everything went. We had a surprise party for Alli yesterday for all her hard work and she received many books from family and friends. We spent our morning sitting on the couch with her reading to me. That NEVER would have been possible without Vision Therapy. Here is a link to the party....http://raisingcatandbug.blogspot.com/2013/11/surprise.html

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  3. What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing this. I have been looking into vision therapy in Illinois, and this was very helpful to read!

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  4. Your little girl has an amazing story! Well done! Would you happen to know if vision therapy could work for adults? I have a great uncle who has a hard time reading and writing. My family wants to help, but we don't quite know what there is that we could do. Do you have any suggestions?
    http://www.absolutevisioncare.com/offerings/services/vision-therapy.html

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