Mother of Adriana
Adriana has grown in confidence as a result of vision therapy. She used to be extremely shy at school and would only play at recess with kids several grades younger. Now she has had little girlfriends come over for sleepovers and has planned special parties for girls in her grade. She has also learned to persevere through the challenge of vision therapy ‘at home’ assignments. I feel this is a life skill that will continue to benefit her. She understands that is takes hard work and effort to meet her goals.
Mother of Ainsley
We have noticed a huge decline in anxiety.
Ainsley was always behind in many developmental milestones in her life. She never crawled as a baby and didn’t walk until she was 1 ½ years old. As Ainsley grew into her toddler years, she struggled with her fine motor skills and also her gross motor skills. We had teachers and occupational therapists helping Ainsley, which helped to some degree, but she still seemed to struggle. Activities and skills that seemed to come as expected for other children (e.g.: tying shoes, riding bikes, playing on playground equipment) always seemed to be a struggle for Ainsley.
As Ainsley entered second grade at a new school, her primary teacher expressed concerns with Ainsley’s development. We started her back in occupational therapy and the OT recommended that Ainsley see Dr. Dejmek for an eye exam. With this exam, we found out that Ainsley’s vision was 20/20 but she had other issues, such as convergence insufficiency. We put occupational therapy on hold and started vision therapy at A B See Vision Therapy Centers.
As spring rolled around and after five months of vision therapy, we started occupational therapy again. It was at that point we realized how just five months of vision therapy had so greatly impacted Ainsley’s abilities! Ainsley practically got on her bike and rode off into the sunset with minimal effort. She could now skate without gripping my arm and making it turn purple, she could hang upside down on the monkey bars and she can ride a scooter. She does many other activities that she seemed to avoid or just could not do before vision therapy. Ainsley’s sense of balance seemed to be restored with vision therapy and confidence in her abilities followed naturally.
After Ainsely’s six month commitment to vision therapy, her world is much happier and easier for her. We are very thankful that we were directed to Dr. Dejmek and her fantastic staff that helped Ainsley!
Mother of Alaina
Alaina has enjoyed reading so much more since Vision Therapy. She has learned to set goals for herself. With family history of vision problems I am happy to have this service available to help Alaina have the best life possible. I am also glad to have these issues diagnosed because my brother had the same problems when we were kids and was labeled as learning disabled which she was not. Thank you for all you do. We enjoyed the staff’s enthusiasm and good attitudes while working with Alaina.
As a patient, I have noticed many different changes. My grades are better. Now I am on the B honor roll. I can see far away and then close up without getting a headache. I think that all this work has helped me be a better person at home and a better student at school. I loved working with each of the therapists. Thank you A B See Vision. You helped me a lot.
It is like night and day with Cori. She is doing better in every aspect. I really had my doubts, but I was wrong. Everything she does now is better, especially her grades. She had a 1.8 GPA in 7th grade and she is now on the B honor roll. The people at A B See Vision Therapy Centers have been the best people that I have ever worked with.Thank you!
Mother of Courtney
I want to thank you for working with Courtney. I have been struggling to find her the help she needed for several years. She constantly told me that she could not see right, so I would bring her to eye doctor after eye doctor and they always told me that her vision was 20/20. Some did tell me that she had tracking problems, but that she would grow out of it. Because Courtney also has dyslexia, I passed many of her problems off as symptoms of the learning disability. After her evaluation I was guardedly optimistic, but I decided if there was anything I could do to help Courtney overcome the obstacles that she has worked so hard to compensate for, I had to try. Only a couple of weeks into therapy, Courtney was already commenting that things were getting easier for her and after only 16 weeks, many of the problems that she had, the same ones that I passed off as symptoms of her dyslexia, were gone.
I just want to say thank you for all you did for her. I do wish that the eye doctors that had seen her for so many years had directed her to vision therapy before she was 15 years old, but at least she finally got the help she needed. Thanks again!
Mother of Dylan
There was improvement in Dylan’s attitude towards school immediately. I think knowing that there was something fixable going on, as opposed to “just him” was a relief for both of us : ) His comprehension seems to have improved as he has gone up 2 reading levels. He also had a 20 point improvement from last year on his NWEA test in language arts. Dylan does not turn his head as much even if he doesn’t have his glasses on. He seems to be more confident about writing. Vision Therapy has been well worth the time and effort : )
Mother of Ericka
Thank you for letting Ericka find the moon and the stars. The moon is a circle and the sky is black between the stars. Thank you for letting the whiteboard have letters and words on them as opposed to a “caterpillar”. Thank you for helping Ericka find the subtle differences in shades of color. Thank you for letting her color in the lines in coloring books. Thank you for letting her be excited to go to school as opposed to being frustrated. Her overall confidence has grown amazingly over the last 10 months. Each week brought progress and more confidence. It has been a pure pleasure watching her grow.
Mother of Gabriel
Gabe has come a LONG way! Since we started vision therapy he has moved 10 reading levels in school and we can read his handwriting now. It was fun to watch Gabe become more confident in himself.
Before we started therapy, Gabe would have trouble with the fishing poles – he would hit us all the time. Now it’s been over a year since I’ve been hit while fishing : )
Homework has become less of a struggle and his memory has greatly improved.
Mother of Hailey
At the start, Hailey was having lots of headaches. Some were from reading, others were from computer use, and others were from driving. She was having these headaches many times per week especially during school months. She has been having these headaches for about six years. At times I read books to her so she could finish her reading for school. Last year she would come home from school and alternate between sleeping and doing homework through her headaches. Since starting vision therapy, her headaches have been reduced from having a couple severe ones every week to having just a few mild ones over the whole month. She was able to start school this year and do reading homework and finish without a headache! She said reading is easier and faster now! We are very thankful! Vision therapy has made a big difference for her!
Throughout my sessions of vision therapy, I have noticed continuous improvements. Before I started I was getting headaches multiple times a week, my reading speed was slow, I got headaches from driving, I always fell asleep while reading, and reading wasn’t enjoyable. Now through vision therapy I rarely get headaches from reading. My reading speed has become faster, I no longer fall asleep reading textbooks, I am a more cautious driver, I find enjoyment in my school books, I have better peripheral vision, and my eyes feel healthier. All in all vision therapy has improved my life immensely.
Mother of Isaac
Vision therapy has helped Isaac immensely. He went from struggling to read, to really enjoying it. He asks if he can read to us all the time. It was a lot of time and effort to practice daily but it was very worthwhile! He will now take his new found love of reading with him for the rest of his life. That alone is worth all the time and effort!
Mother of Jeffrey
As a result of vision therapy, Jeffrey has been able to move from being unable to read or identify letters in print, to reading on a D & E Level for his teachers and parents. Jeff has always enjoyed books but is now very excited because he can read what is printed. He is constantly surprising himself when he reads what he has seen in the past on signs, books, etc. and now it makes sense. We have also seen some improvement in Jeffrey’s handwriting. Initially Jeff was refusing to write, and now he is attempting simple sentences and journaling without assistance and with very little resistance. Thanks!
Mother of Keaton
Keaton is a much happier child than he was 30 weeks ago. When we first came in, he was frustrated, withdrawn, and had very low self esteem. He hated school. His academic struggles had lead to social struggles. He wanted to be home schooled. He felt like he was stupid and didn’t think anyone understood him. From the first visit with Dr. Dejmek, she changed this.
She had an explanation for why things were so hard for him. She validated his challenges and told him it wasn’t his fault. Although we still see Keaton having difficulties with some reading/writing components, he has come so far in his ability to complete work, read independently, play sports, read for enjoyment, engage in confident conversations, and most importantly ENJOY LIFE!
Mother of Lauren
"With vision therapy Lauren has advanced a full year, academically, socially and physically in less than four months. Her behavior has improved dramatically. She has little or no meltdowns or outbursts, since she is no longer frustrated. Now that Lauren is starting to read she can stay on track and follow along. She can color in the lines and can even cut on the line with a scissors. She loves going to school everyday now and even wants to go on the weekend.
Lauren is a happier child and now has self confidence."
Since I started therapy, my vision has improved dramatically. Last year in Math 8 (Algebra ½) I was getting a “C” and already this year I’m getting an “A” in Algebra. My vision is no longer blurry when I look up from close work. I can also switch back to close work quickly and easily with no blurred vision.
When I’m tired after a long day at school, my eye no longer twitches like it used to before therapy and in the early stages of therapy.
I feel vision therapy has enabled me to succeed at my school work. It has actually made math easier for me to comprehend. It has really helped me overall to have a better personal and academic experience.
Mother of Mason
Since Mason started therapy, he has a better attitude toward reading and learning. He is eager to go to school and has a positive attitude toward learning. We have already begun to see improvement in Mason’s reading skills. He is doing much better with sounding out words and word recognition. He has also begun to enjoy reading “The Wimpy Kid” books which is very encouraging.
Mother of Matthew
We are so pleased with Matthew’s improvement. Matthew is reading like a superstar! Grades are A’s all the way across the board, Yay!!!! Matthew’s confidence in reading out loud is such a welcomed change!
Sports - No More Double Vision!
Matthew tried out for this year’s baseball league and was able to field the ball with easy clean perfection.
Mother of Olivia
The successes and changes we have witnessed since we started vision therapy have been huge!
She skips fewer words while reading. Also, I feel like she has better comprehension. Her teacher noticed that she decodes words more. All great strides! Olivia said that she feels like her eyes play fewer tricks on her and she can see better.
When I asked Olivia why she so willingly wants to do her home therapy, she said it is because the exercises don’t hurt, and everything is clear. Also, she does not rub her eyes at all when reading. This is a HUGE change! She used to rub her eyes every few seconds.
When I asked Olivia her opinion on the changes she has noticed she said: 1) I see more clearly 2) I do not see double 3) I have fewer headaches 4) I have less of a need to itch my eyes.
Mother of Sabrina
Since Sabrina began vision therapy, not only did I see positive changes in her performance, attitude, behavior, and focus at school and home, I also saw her develop greater self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-pride. She no longer asks, “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I learn like everyone else? Why am I so dumb?” She’s happier and feels a greater sense of self-worth. When she was diagnosed with a visual processing disorder and finally knew there was a reason behind her struggles with learning, particularly math, she was relieved and thankful there was help available; a place to learn to cope with the disorder, as well as the techniques necessary to correct her vision problems. She has developed better focus, concentration, and attentiveness; she stays on task, doesn’t put things off until the last minute, and is more organized. She uses the strategies she has learned through vision therapy at school, when doing homework, and for studying.
Besides her newfound sense of self-worth, one of the most exciting points during the course of therapy was at her second parent-teacher conferences, when I showed the school psychologist, her vice-principal, and teachers her progress after only 8 weeks of therapy. Not only were they amazed by the results, they all reported a dramatic improvement in her attitude, focus, behavior, and grades. They have been extremely supportive since the beginning of the year, but it was at that moment I could see an almost disbelief that vision therapy really works! A B See has truly liberated Sabrina; she now believes in herself and her potential, and knows she will be successful in all aspects of life – for the rest of her life. I am thankful that we found a program for her that worked. I recommend A B See to all my friends, family, and acquaintances. No words can possibly express our gratitude for the gifts A B See has given Sabrina and our whole family; the gift of knowledge, the gift of hope, the gift of lifelong success.
Mother of Stephen
Stephen has become confident at school. He enjoys going each day and homework is no longer a struggle as it had been. His reading, writing, and spelling are improving. The time we spend doing these things is more enjoyable for both of us. Stephen is happy to go to school.
Mother of Tanner
My biggest concern with Tanner prior to starting was his writing. He has now taken off in that area, even to the point of writing extra pages because he enjoys it so much. He also has reported that reading is easier for him. He has confidence at school.
During his therapy time Tanner tested to get into a school for gifted learners, where his brothers currently go. Last year when he tested with them, they got in and he didn’t. This year his test scores were not only high enough to get in, he also scored the highest in the family.
I can see that Tanner is now on the road to success and that makes me happy!
While working as an Occupational Therapist, I have seen the significant role that vision can play in balance, gait, and movement.
- Wendy Effa, OTR Occupational Therapist, Neenah, WI
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