Friday, May 14, 2010

Vision Therapy and Educational Milestones...

May has been a great month for Josh.

After years of thinking that there was something 'wrong' with his 20/20 vision, I had him tested on less usual factors like convergence and tracking and guess what? His eyes don't focus together!

Separately they are fine - but together they are not lining up. Which makes reading really hard and eye strain a given. Today got his long desired glasses which made him and Jesse 'matcher's.' Something that is important to him.

In the picture Josh is also excited because he officially started his Beta MUS book this week and the second book in the Pathways readers. He adores these readers because they are all simple farm stories. This is strong progress over a year ago when A was still new every morning and the numbers 1-10 were really iffy. GREAT JOB JOSH!

It was also week one of vision therapy to see what part of the problem is permanent damage and what can be strengthened. In a situation like his (PFAS) there is no guarantee that this will help, but we are willing to invest the next 4 months as an experiment.

Best news was that he was thrilled. What type of therapy has you throw balls into a rebound net and try to poke pegs into a spinning board...boy stuff for sure!

Isaac got in on this post only because he was being so cute...another serious thumb sucker.

7 comments:

Psycho Mom said...

that rocks josh, way to go!!! it is great to see how much they learn, once we figure out how to teach them based on their unique needs!!!

Quiet Resting said...

Tell them that seeing their beautiful faces makes me miss them so much!! NICE glasses, Josh!! They look great. Jesse looks great in them, too. I like that the style works so well for both. And I think i'm definitely in love with Isaac. I need to kiss the cheeks of THAT little boy!! Hugs to all, each and every one.

Dawn said...

I had about two years of vision therapy as a child. I loved it! There was always something fun to do and it really increased my ability to read and function in school. I hope it works for your ds.
Blessings,
Dawn

Beth said...

We just found out that Miriam has the same problem through a routine eye exam. Which makes me wonder why it never came up in any of the other routine eye exams at the same clinic?! Got the glasses with "prism", but are still weighing the vision therapy option. Now I need to get her to WEAR the glasses regularly...

Molly said...

Josh has always had the heart-melting smile. And he looks so great in his glasses! Praise God for new insights and discoveries–praying that the vision therapy is helpful.

ToKnowHim said...

Very interesting - I have two kiddos with tracking and visual processing difficulties. My sports enthusiast daughter has one of those pitching practice nets - no wonder my son (who also has autism) loves it. Thanks for posting this - I can now incorporate some of that into my son's therapy. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful family and experiences so that moms with children with special needs can be educated and encouraged.

God bless,
Lisa C., mom of 4 (some with special needs) @ Heritage Homestead and Homeschool Academy

www.teachthemhisways.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Precious kids! We miss you guys so much. So happy for Josh...That little Isaac is so delicious!!! Love to you all from here.