Session 67: Learning how to read

Session 67: Learning how to read

My new year's resolution for 2014 was to do more bar reading because the exercise is finally starting to be within my reach. I started out with two pages a day. The first week I still had to do quite a bit of alternating, but after two weeks I could more or less keep my gaze steady and focus on 'making the bars transparent' without really having to change my eye posture. This was a major morale booster. It also shows that VT progress can be accomplished quite fast. It's not that VT…Read more …
Vision Therapy Loading

Vision Therapy Loading

'Loading' is a term used in Vision Therapy meaning the unconscious application of visual skills consciously acquired during therapy while doing other activities. The idea is to not only be able to point your eyes at the same place at the same time but also be able to do it by default in daily life. In other words, integrate visual skills that so many take for granted but that strabismics have mastered only after x amount of training. Personally it took me one year and eight months just to align my eyes in…Read more …
FAQ: “I have a cross-eyed infant/child so what the hell am I supposed to do?!” – A guide based upon what I would have wanted my parents to know twenty years ago

FAQ: “I have a cross-eyed infant/child so what the hell am I supposed to do?!” – A guide based upon what I would have wanted my parents to know twenty years ago

NOTICE: I am not an optometrist or vision care professional. However, I have a lot of experience in dealing with strabismus and am well-read on the subject. As an independent patient who has no stake in your choice of practitioner I feel it is my moral duty to warn parents about possible pitfalls in the vision care system. Moreover I feel like I can lend special insight into a strabismic child's situation and visual development for two reasons. I used to be a strabismic child myself and after much trial and error in…Read more …

An unsatisfiable urge to become who I was supposed to be

I’ve always been excited about the idea of learning and reading. The prospect that hard work and intelligence pays off and gets you a better outcome. I had trouble learning how to read so my mother stepped in and gave me some extra tutoring before bedtime on a magnetic blackboard I had in my bedroom. Later I took over and often was one of the best in my class through hard work. But already from a young age it took a lot of time and effort to complete my assignments at night so…Read more …

Why do I have trouble reading?

"If you struggle with keeping both eyes at the same point on the page, you may be able to read fine if asked to read a single sentence or paragraph but not if asked to read for many minutes. We have no trouble recognizing that a child with a mild limp may be able to walk from one end of the classroom to the other with little difficulty, but we would not expect that same child to be able to run a mile on the school playground as well as a child with…Read more …