Resources

The purpose of this resource page is to help you become an informed consumer as you work towards your personal objective – whatever that may be. It is not intended to replace medical advice, and you are encouraged to have your child (or yourself) assessed by a Behavioural (or Developmental) Optometrist before pursuing vision therapy.

Books:

“Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life Too” by Robin Benoit and Jillia Benoit

When Your Child Struggles: The Myths of 20/20 Vision (What Every Parent Needs to Know)” by Dr. David Cook, www.cookvisiontherapy.com, Invision Press, Atlanta, Copyright 2004, 2nd Edition

“The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Sources – and Solutions – for Children’s Learning Challenges” by Brock Eide, M.D., M.A., and Fernette Eide, M.D.

Copyright 2006 Brock Eide, M.D., M.A., and Fernette Eide, M.D., ISBN 1-4013-0225-4

“The Suddenly Successful Student and Friends: A Guide to Overcoming Learning & Behavior Problems, How Behavioral Optometry Helps” by Hazel R. Dawkins, Ellis Edelman, O.D., Constantine Forkiotis, O.D.

Copyright 2999 Hazel R. Dawkins, Optometric Extension Program Foundation

“See It. Say It. Do It. The Parent’s and Teacher’s Action Guideo to Creating Successful Students & Confident Kids” by Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein

HiClear Publishing, Centennial Colorado, Copyright Lynn Hellerstein, www.LynnHellerstein.com

"Never Give Up! ... Beanie's Story"

“Never Give Up! … Beanie’s Story”

Never Give Up! … Beanie’s Story”

by Beanie Leffler, Illustrations by Kathy Kuczek

Available at www.beanieleffler.com

The author, Beanie Leffler, struggled with reading all of her life. Her tutor referred her to a reading specialist who asked if Beanie had ever had a Vision Perception Test. (Beanie hadn’t.) After discovering she had issues with her vision, Beanie underwent Vision Therapy at the age of 55 and her reading has improved significantly.  She wrote this book in hopes of helping other children avoid what she went through by increasing awareness about vision therapy.

Jillian’s Story: How Vision Therapy Changed My Daughter’s Life
By Robin Benoit with Jillian Benoit
Available at www.jilliansstory.com

Thus far this is one of my favourite books to read because it offers a personal account of Robin Benoit and her daughter Jillian’s experience with vision therapy. Plus, I can’t resist a story with a happy ending!

Fixing My Gaze: A Scientists Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions
By Dr. Susan R. Barry
Foreword by Oliver Sacks
Published by Basic Books, August 2010

Dr. Barry was born cross-eyed and stereo blind. This book is her personal account of how she came to see in three dimensions.

Teacher/Parent Vision & Learning Guide 
by The Vision Therapy Center Inc.

Downloadable free book. Go to www.thevisiontherapycenter.com under “Discovering Vision Therapy Blog”. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be able to dowload this informative book in minutes. The Vision Therapy Center also has a lot of informative articles on the subjects of vision therapy and children’s visual development.

Articles:

Vision Therapy: From Skeptic to Cheerleader  www.heartofthematteronline.com/vision-therapy-from-skeptic-to-cheerleader

Toys For Strong Vision by Dr. Charles A. Boulet
www.learningmanagement.ca/toys-for-strong-vision-2012/
An interesting article about toys and play activities that boost visual development. A great read for everyone, regardless of whether your child has vision issues.

A Visual Health Problem May Make It Hard to Read
by Kari Reinhardt, Parents Canada Magazine, September 2012
www.parentscanada.com/preschool/a-visual-health-problem-may-make-it-hard-to-read

Can You See That
b
y Dr. Charles A. Boulet (Dr. Boulet also manages and contributes to learningmanagement.ca, a very helpful web site about visual development and learning.)

Blogs:

Alli’s Vision Therapy Story

This blog tells the entire story of Alli’s life as it was affected by her vision and the AMAZING changes that came from Vision Therapy.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick

Gallop Into Vision Blog 
b
y Dr. Stephen Gallop, O.D., FCOVD

COVD Blog

by College of Optometrists in Vision Development

The Vision Therapy Blog

by Dr. Lori Mowbray of the Minnesota Vision Therapy Center (Be sure to check out Dr. Mowbray’s blog entry entitled “What are the signs that my child may need vision therapy?”)

The Vision Help Blog

An awesome blog with a substantial archive of articles. Contributing authors include Leonard J. Press, OD,  FAAO, FCOVD; Dan L. Fortenbacher, OD, FCOVD; Carole L. Hong, OD, FCOVD; Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD; Stan Applebaum, OD, VCOVD; Gary L. Etting, OD, FCOVD; Dr. Barry Tannen; Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD.

EXCELerated Vision: The Wow Vision Therapy Blog

The EXCELerated Vision: The Wow Vision Therapy Blog is full of insightful information and success stories. A must read!

See For Life: Vision Source Blog

by M.K. Randhawa, O.D., Vancouver, BC (Be sure to check out Dr. Randhawa’s blog entry entitled “Vision Therapy Beyond 20/20”)

Open Your Eyes

by The Canadian Association of Optometrists

All About Vision

by Gary Heiting, O.D. (Be sure to read, “Vision Therapy for Children”)

Panorama Optometry

by Sandy Johal, BSc., O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Webpages:

Vision Therapy Success Stories
By the Optometrists Network

Parents Active for Vision Education (P.A.V.E.)

Optometric Extension Program Foundation 

College of Optometrists in Vision Development 

Dr. Steve Gallop, OD, FCOVD

Vision Therapy

The Canadian Association of Optometrists 

Learning Management: Removing obstacles to learning and living 

Ontario Association of Optometrists

American Optometric Association

Children’s Vision Information Network

Are you on Facebook? If yes, please take a moment to check out the following pages:

The View From Here: our family’s journey through vision therapy  

Wow Vision Therapy

The Vision & Learning Center of NJ

The Vision Therapy Center, Inc.

College of Optometrists in Vision Development  

Jillian’s Story

Vision Therapy Changed My Life ~

This is a Facebook Group that offers a lot of information about vision therapy. It’s also a great place to chat with others who have/are pursuing Vision Therapy. You do need to request to join the group, but most reading material and links are available to the public.

Dr. Lynn Hellerstein

Vision Therapy Calgary: Dr. Debbie Luk

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3 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Hi Beanie,

    Thanks so much for visiting our blog! I have added “Never Give Up! … Beanie’s Story” under “Books” here on the Resource page.

    All the best,
    April

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