I have previously talked about vision therapy and how we discovered that our son needed this type of therapy. We have now completed two sessions of 12 weeks each and I am happy to say that he has now finished for the time being!
This therapy is very intensive. You not only have to attend the therapy session each week, but you have to commit to doing homework exercises every single day. It takes a lot of time and patience and you have to make sure you follow through with everything they ask you to do otherwise it will not work.
This therapy is sometimes hard to explain. Our son did get glasses just before he started this therapy, not because he can’t see but because the type of lenses that are in his glasses improve depth perception as well as other areas that need to be addressed. The tools used by the therapy center are really cool. The center has 4 different rooms with different things in them and each week you rotate to the next room to work on activities.
Some of the things that our son worked on in therapy was eye tracking, spatial judgement and fixation through a variety of exercises. These areas all improved tremendously with the process. I used to think in public school that he didn’t want to play some of the sports but through this therapy I realized that he could not judge where a ball was and it made it hard to participate in some of these activities.
I am really proud of the hard work that he has put into this entire process and I was lucky enough to be able to see these sessions in progress and understand what each exercise was trying to achieve and it made it easier for me to facilitate the homework. It was really quite fascinating!
I’m glad that our son is now better able to not only see better but being able to participate in activities including school without so many struggles. Being paired up with the right vision therapist who was understanding and able to work with him understanding his strengths and weaknesses was truly an amazing experience.
If you are a parent or relative of someone who has autism, you may want to consider checking this out!