It’s a cool (actually very chilly), crisp fall-like day in our little corner of the world. After an enjoyable and somewhat relaxing summer, we are back into our regular daily routines.
Last year was a difficult year school-wise for our daughter. Her primary teacher was often overwhelmed teaching a split-grade class (understandably so) and didn’t always remember our daughter’s visual issues, which often left our daughter on her own to try to figure things out for herself. (She also felt that additional review and extra homework would help our daughter. All it did was frustrate her further.) Her science teacher was an awesome support, and implemented several of the suggestions offered by The Vision Therapy Center, Inc. (Be sure to visit their page, and download their learning guide if you haven’t already.) Suffice it to say, by the time the last day of school rolled around last June, our daughter (as well as the rest of our household) were completely exhausted. So, other than our weekly vision therapy appointments and daily homework I ordered a break for all of us for the summer! We played. Read books for fun. Had lazy days. It was perfect; just what we needed.
And now we’re back.
Our daughter is coming up on one year in her Vision Therapy program. We have been focussing on retained primitive reflexes, and while we haven’t seen any huge changes we remain hopeful.
We’ve been experiencing a plateau for some time, and I know it isn’t uncommon, but my instincts (once again) were telling me there may be more contributing to the situation. This prompted me to seek out a psycho-educational assessment for our daughter. I wanted to rule out any other issues that might be contributing to her areas of difficulty. The results were both surprising and not. She has been found to have:
– a Visual Processing Disorder (VPD);
– an Auditory Processing Delay (APD);
– and is at risk for developing an anxiety disorder.
All of which are likely contributing to this obstacle in her VT.
Next steps include getting some supports in place in class to help our daughter with her learning. She has a great deal of anxiety about her academic performance, which is a lot to manage at the young age of 7 1/4 years. Our daughter was very nervous about beginning her third grade school year. She thought it would be like last year, but I have assured her that I am taking steps to work with her teachers to get her the help she needs (and deserves). Thus far her third grade teacher has been very receptive. She even called me on the third day of school to let me know what things she was trying out in class to help our daughter. Could this be the year when we turn a corner? Here’s hoping!
We are continuing with Vision Therapy. (We have four months left in our program.) While the psychologist who reviewed our daughter’s test results admitted to not knowing a great deal about Vision Therapy, he felt strongly that it was worthwhile that she continued with her program. They could see the evidence of its effectiveness and the strategies our daughter is learning can help her going forward.
I plan to continue with our blog, but our readers are going to find that we’ll be taking a slightly different direction. In addition to discussing Vision Therapy, you’ll notice the addition of other subjects. I have been doing a lot of research about Auditory Processing Disorder/Delay as well as childhood anxiety. You’ll see reviews of books and articles specific to VPD, APD and anxiety, as well as updates about our progress.
In the meantime, my focus will be on restoring my daughter’s emotional well-being, and increasing her self-esteem. She continues to make good progress, albeit slowly – but progress is progress no matter how small!