We would like to thank Dr. Draisin, you and all the ladies in the Vision Therapy Center for the wonderful job you do. Our son, Matthew, spent six months in vision therapy with you and the difference that has made in his life in incredible.  From infancy Matthew has loved books. We would sit for hours reading to him. We knew that once he started reading for himself, he would never be without a book. But during the first grade, we noticed that getting him to read was a very difficult task. We were assured that he had word recognition above his grade level and that there wasn’t a problem. Yet, we did not see him wanting to read to himself or to us. By the beginning of the second grade, we noticed that he was also having problems copying things from the board into his notebook. At this point, the teacher saw no grade or performance problems, so once again there wasn’t concern about his work. However, his behavior just didn’t fit the child we knew. He loved for us to read to him, but he did not like to read to himself or to us. He had an extensive vocabulary and could tell wonderful stories, but he hated to write these stories. Homework time was a war zone at our house. It would take three or four hours for Matthew to do 30 minutes worth of work. When he did finish his work, his writing was illegible and his sentences would have words missing. So we would make him correct his mistakes which just added to the frustration. The homework routine created so much stress and anger that we were exhausted by the end of the day, and felt that he wasn’t really learning.  Since most of the problems we were encountering involved the eyes, we decided to have Matthew’s eyesight and vision checked. In September of 2002, Dr. Draisin diagnosed Matthew with several visual deficiencies. He did not move his eyes to follow an object; he had problems focusing; and his eyes did not function together as a team. In short, when Matthew read, the words appeared to either “move” around the page or disappear altogether. Watching Matthew struggle through the vision tests ranks as one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It was so painful for me to watch Matthew work so hard and get so little done, that I wanted to jump up and do the tests for him. It was at that point that we realized just how much we were doing for him which only enabled him to compensate for his vision problems. It didn’t solve the problem. Dr. Draisin prescribed glasses for the focusing difficulties and six months of vision therapy to help Matthew learn how to use his visual system correctly and efficiently.  Within one month of getting his glasses and starting vision therapy, we saw improvement in his reading and writing skills. By the end of 2002, Matthew was reading the first four Harry Potter books to himself. Remember, just a few months prior we were doing good to get him to read a level 2 reader. He was now spending hours in his room reading. That was the behavior we had expected him to exhibit. Throughout the next four months, he continued to improve and finished his vision therapy in the spring of 2003. On several occasions his teacher commented on how much better he was reading and writing in class. At home we saw homework go from a three or four hour fight to being completed well before dinnertime. We could actually read what he wrote and we were all still speaking to each other at the end of the day. Matthew worked hard to make his cursive writing neat and was very proud of his accomplishments.  Today, Matthew is half way through the third grade and he is showing the potential that we knew he had. He has maintained high grades and is participating in the gifted and talented class. Matthew is reading on a sixth grade level and his is most proud of the fact that he currently holds the highest point total of any student participating in the Accelerated Reader program at the school. He also volunteered to read scripture during a church service recently. He stood and very confidently read before a large crowd. Without those six months of therapy helping him to learn to use his vision system correctly, I feel none of this would be happening today. Remembering the frustration, stress, and anger before vision therapy and seeing the continuing accomplishments after therapy are true indicators of the benefits of vision therapy.  As I have written this, I realize that a simple “thank you” to the ladies of the Vision Therapy Center and Dr. Draisin doesn’t seem to be enough to express our gratitude to you for helping our son. Please know that we will always remember you and will look for ways to tell other parents that just having 20/20 eyesight doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem with a child’s vision.

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