In case anyone out there was wondering if vision therapy was worth it-I want to share a small success story with you. Not a large one like we have had in the past, just a small one...one that is still significant because we celebrate every victory.
This picture is from a vision therapy session with Liam at 11 months old. The next from today at 21 months.
You can't tell from Liam's face in the first picture, but he is terrified and crying. Our therapist, Lisa, worked for months with him on just being able to swing. We all assumed that the bounce in Liam's eyes made him feel unsafe and nervous when the swing was in opposite motion, especially if he could not control it.
Today, all of a sudden he was racing for the swings at the park, and would not stop once we began to swing. I never thought a small thing like swinging would bring me to tears. Somehow the thought of your child growing up hating a swing set because of his disability is just heartbreaking, no matter how small it is in comparison to other things. I never thought I would be so excited that Liam would sit in a swing and swing! But you should have heard me cheering!
So even if vision therapy had never taught Liam anything else (WHICH IF YOU FOLLOW OUR VISION THERAPY CATEGORY YOU WILL SEE IT HAS HELPED ASTRONOMICALLY!!!) it helped him love to swing...and that small victory is huge.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
The areas worked on were:Shapes- still the basic three shapes, trying to learn to match and be able to identify each by name. The first session they used high contrast puzzle pieces that could be rearranged so that Liam did not memorize what order the shapes went in. The second session she used plexiglass shapes on a piece of paper that he had to hand to her when she held up her matching piece.
Identifying the purpose of everyday items- for this three items were placed in front of Liam- a hairbrush, a toothbrush, and a spoon- then he was asked "which one do you use to brush your teeth?" He would have to pick out the toothbrush and give it to Ms. Pam. Then so on with each item.
Picking up an item while holding something constantly in the opposite hand- Ms. Pam used a sandbox bucket with a handle on it and a bunch of lego type blocks scattered all across our living room floor to do this test. She had him hold the bucket in one hand and use the other to pick up each block and drop them in the bucket. Liam constantly wanted to set the bucket down and bring the blocks to it with both hands, we are still working on this task.
The Big, Little Game- Liam seemed to really like this game. The idea was simple, learn to tell which is bigger and which is smaller and be able to tell a difference in the two sizes. Ms. Pam displayed in front of him several toys, each with identical smaller versions. She asked him to find the big duck, then the small duck, and so on with each toy. When he could not successfully do this she tried removing all but two identical items and asked him to pick out the bigger one, then the smaller one.
Some other small things that they worked on were: pull apart snap beads, grasp two objects in one hand, manipulate pages of a book/show interest in books, recognize self and family members in photos.
They used the Ipad for several Apps, training on many different elements, that I plan on listing out in my next post with cost and a short review.
We know it's success is different for each individual but we encourage everyone with VI kids to give it a try......which is why we are putting together a free therapy kit for a upcoming giveaway! We cannot wait to do this giveaway, but are still a few weeks out before everything is collected, so keep checking back with us if you wish to participate!
To check out our previous vision therapy sessions CLICK HERE.