Prior to Vision Therapy, Ziva seemed to be my clumsy child who was oblivious to the world around her. We discovered her inability to cross her eyes by accident when she told us she couldn’t cross her eyes like the kids at school. We also noticed when we would point out animals or buildings while driving which she seemed never to be able to see and would get frustrated to the point of tears. While reading she never seemed to look at the words but more at the pictures to try to depict the story. Reading books was never enjoyable for her unless I was reading to her. When we met with Dr. Julie and her team, we found that Ziva had convergence disorder, decreased peripheral vision, and mono ocular vision. Thankfully Dr. Julie explained what the diagnoses were and gave us a plan of action to improve Ziva’s deficits. It has been a year since starting Vision Therapy and we have seen great improvement with her reading, focus, as well as improved emotional outburst. Ziva is so proud of herself to be able to read books with her sister, cross her eyes, and she sees objects at a distance. The other night she informed us that she is able to see all around her (increased peripheral vision). Ziva still occasionally runs into items but not as before and she is able to sit at a meal most nights without falling out of her chair which has improved meal times greatly. We even noticed she doesn’t have random bruising that she doesn’t remember running into anything. Ziva is more confident than before when it comes to her school work and reading aloud. We also notice that her attitude has improved from being hard on herself to having more confidence. She is faster with her school work and we have learned she is a visual learner which helps us to teach her new material. As mentioned above she is less clumsy as well as better at hitting a target such as aiming an arrow at a target or shooting basketballs. Also we have noticed she doesn’t suffer as much from motion sickness. If it wasn’t for a devastated 6 year old telling us she couldn’t cross her eyes, we wouldn’t have known there was an issue early on. I am thankful our daughter was brave to tell us she couldn’t cross her eyes which led us to calling Dr. Julie. We are grateful and thankful for all the help, patience, teaching, sessions and words of encouragement for both Ziva and I to help us through our therapy journey. To someone just beginning Ziva and I want to tell you, “You can do this! It will help you! You got this!” Thank you Vision for Life!!!
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