~ Steve Gallop, O.D., FCOVD

As I have mentioned in earlier entries, since discovering our daughter’s visual issues (Convergence Insufficiency, issues with eye movement, accommodation, eye-teaming and tracking) I have done a lot of reading to educate myself on the latest research about behavioral optometry and vision therapy. There are several books, web sites and blogs I refer to regularly (many I have mentioned here on our blog; more that I’ll review in the future); one such web site and blog is by Steve Gallop O.D., FCOVD.

Dr. Gallop is a Behavioral Optometrist in Pennsylvania who works with people who have visual challenges related to learning difficulties, autism spectrum behaviours (including ADD and ADHD), Cerebral Palsy or Acquired Brain-Injury, athletes and more. He is also the author of several published articles, and books including, “Looking Differently at Nearsightedness and Myopia – The Visual Process and the Myth of 20/20” and more recently the co-author of The Kingdom of Should.

As a parent with little knowledge of optometry I find Dr. Gallop’s web site and accompanying blog very helpful because it is concise, well-written and easy to understand. When I wasn’t sure how to articulate my daughter’s situation in a way her teachers would understand, I referred to Dr. Gallop’s article The Visual Process and Learning.  The content was clear, easy to process and helped me convey my daughter’s situation without having to decipher doctor-speak. His article What is Vision Therapy/ Vision Training?  is very informative, and I encourage anyone who is considering (or undergoing) vision therapy/vision training to take the time to read it.   Actually, I encourage you to bookmark It’s a resource you’ll find yourself referring to often.

Stay tuned for future blog entries about other resources I have found helpful and reviews on books I have read recently. (I have been a very busy reader of late!) I will also be dedicating a future entry to The Kingdom of Should – if you haven’t already please visit The Kingdom of Should’s interactive web site. Any description I give you couldn’t possibly do it justice. It’s an experience you (and your child or patient) should really enjoy for yourselves.