Warning Signs of Visualization Problems
If one suspects a student may be hav-
ing trouble tracking the text, you may
notice the following indicators of that
may tear when reading.
or how many pages he must read.
does not read for pleasure.
• Student cannot read the text accurately yet can read each word in
on a line.
with his left eye and another word
with his right eye.
to be on the same word.
• Student will ignore punctuation
when reading; will say he did not see
the punctuation marks.
lines on the page and write through
the middle of the page, not at the left
continually look up and away from
his work. (Looking at a distance re-laxes the eyes; it is a natural means of
correction as the eyes tire.)
of vision therapy and had authored a set
of vision therapy E-Books. Lesley explained vision therapy in greater detail.
She and I discussed some of Cole’s issues
after he had performed her exercises,
and Lesley’s advice was to have him, at a
minimum, evaluated by a developmental optometrist.
How to Obtain a Vision
To find a developmental optometrist,
Lesley recommended two websites: www
. covd.org and www.oepf.org. My husband and I talked this over, prayed about
it, and set up an appointment with one of
the doctors listed, Dr. Wallis Reagin. We
went as a family to the appointment, and
after a three-hour evaluation we learned
that Cole had three main vision delays.
Most significantly, Cole had so much
trouble with convergence that he saw
text in double vision. Dr. Reagin told us
that most of Cole’s concentration was
spent on trying to keep text aligned.
This explained why reading was so difficult for him and why he never read
Exercise the Eyes
We were to perform six vision exercises
for five minutes each, five days a week,
and log our times. On our first attempt,
my son could not get his eye to rotate
properly. I slowed down the exercise and
learned to watch him very carefully, ensuring he performed the exercise correctly. On our first few days it took us over
two hours to complete the exercises.
I decided organization was needed. I
organized the exercises from easiest to
hardest and gathered all the materials I
needed and built a binder. With practice
we could finish within an hour.
We returned to the doctor for our
monthly visit. As we turned in the log,
he asked my son which exercise he dis-
liked the most, and we all chuckled. This
eighty-one-year-old doctor has been
working in vision therapy for more than
Cole was diagnosed
with dyslexia in
forty years. We were blessed to find an
honest, knowledgeable Christian doctor
whose rates were fair and who gave willingly of his time.
Armed with new exercises we returned
home to continue strengthening Cole’s
eyes. Our exercises came with us even on
our family vacations, and they were done
faithfully five days a week, with the week-
end to catch up if we missed a weekday.
Create a Daily Schedule That
Includes Vision Therapy
Homeschool is an ideal environment
for successful vision training, because
as home educators we can customize a
child’s day based on his or her individual
needs. Our schedule looked liked this:
morning devotions, Spell to Write and
Read, snack break, RightStart Mathematics, lunch, outside playtime, vision
We began our vision therapy in August
2008. We continued to have monthly office visits and performed forty-five minutes of vision therapy daily, five days a
week. Then on a cold January day I witnessed what I had been praying about
for a very long time: I found my son