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    He's reading!

    Update on my son.

    He's turned eight now. We started vision therapy four weeks ago. This is an entirely new field of therapy for me, which is a little bewildering for me, since I went through all the other therapies with my oldest years ago. It involves a computer program that he uses with 3D glasses. He has to make his eyes see a raised box and then click on it. Every right answer pulls the red/blue overlay further apart, sometimes until it is separated by more than an inch on the screen. There will be more variety in the program once we are further in. He also does 'pencil push-ups' where an object is brought in close to his nose and he has to keep it in focus by crossing his eyes. 'Eye stretches' where he has to follow an object to the extreme edges of his vision and hold his eyes there.

    This weird cat picture where there are two simple cat outlines on a page, each with half the features. If you stare at your finger close to your eyes and hold this picture a bit further out, maybe 9-12 inches, then you can see a third cat in the middle with all the features. It is a lot of work to get it into focus, if you do it wrong there will be four cats, and you have to work to bring the middle two into one image. That one is hard work for me, too! He also had a worksheet with random groups of letters and he had to scan along each line, dragging his pencil underneath and circle the alphabet in order. He wore an eye patch so had to do it with each eye. It was timed. The alphabet was written at the top of the page in case he forgot. The first couple of times it was awful, tears and tantrums and thirty minutes per eye. Now he can do it in about 3 minutes, no tears at all.

    The amazing thing is that he has started reading. No extra reading intervention. No extra phonics work on our part. He's reading in simple books, at stores, on signs. He's reading things we never got close to in our phonics work. His confidence has increased a lot. It's so amazing I had to share.
    Miah - married to Warcabbage, 3 boys, BS in social work, AS in Electrical Engineering Technology

    Evulcarrot - 18, freshman in college, Medical Technology , mild autism
    Battlebroccoli - 17, lives with grandma, attends a special high school program part time
    Doomsprout - 10, highly verbal moderate autism, anxiety, motor delays, sensory processing issues - SC 4 with R&S 4

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    Congratulations, Miah. You have both worked so hard.

    This is very encouraging.

    Thanks for sharing the good news. The subject heading alone made me smile!

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      Originally posted by Miah View Post
      He also had a worksheet with random groups of letters and he had to scan along each line, dragging his pencil underneath and circle the alphabet in order. He wore an eye patch so had to do it with each eye. It was timed. The alphabet was written at the top of the page in case he forgot. The first couple of times it was awful, tears and tantrums and thirty minutes per eye. Now he can do it in about 3 minutes, no tears at all.

      The amazing thing is that he has started reading. No extra reading intervention. No extra phonics work on our part. He's reading in simple books, at stores, on signs. He's reading things we never got close to in our phonics work. His confidence has increased a lot. It's so amazing I had to share.
      WOW! HUGE accomplishments, Mama! Very glad to hear this! Well done.
      Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
      Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
      Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
      Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

      “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
      ~Pope St John Paul II

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        That's wonderful! This newfound reading skill will open up so many doors for him!

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