Life Change

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Ryan

When I started out I was reading at a 6th grade level. I had no confidence whatsoever and my schoolwork was terrible. However, from when I started this course to now, I have excellent school work and have been reading at an exquisite level. You could way that this program has changed my life. I owe a lot to this program and all the people who have helped me succeed.

Written by Ryan age 15

Claire

Claire is completing 9 months of vision therapy. It has given her a whole new chance at life, a whole new chance of learning so much closer to her full potential. Claire was 10 and starting fifth grade when she started the program. She was still reading aloud to me and then only what was absolutely assigned. I will never forget a night about 6 weeks into her therapy. She was reading aloud to me and without realizing, she just got into it. She stopped counting how many pages were left in the chapter and just read, engaged, not looking up, not being distracted by anything. Her voice even sounded strange as she, I think, without realizing it, tried to read with expression. Gradually, without exactly realizing when, it stopped taking all evening to complete homework and we started having a life beyond getting homework done. She also started talking about what she had learned in school. Before, her short term memory was enough of a problem that information never got home or got related to anything we may have talked about.

Some days later, we were walking in from the car and I was carrying, as usual, most of the grocery bags. She asked why! I said because I didn’t feel like arguing about what was fair and how many each should carry. She said, let me get some of those. And she did. It was as if she simply saw everything around her differently, saw herself as a part of it. She lost the constant ‘combativeness’ which was so exhausting. Now she is, for the most part, nicely cooperative, where we can do housework or whatever together without arguing.

Then there’s coordination. She wasn’t clumsy before, but she did manage to bump into something or in some way hurt herself every time things got stressful or rushed or she got too tired. So this was, basically, evenings, heading toward bedtime, and mornings, trying to get out of the house. It was a distressing pattern. It stopped. It just stopped happening! In addition, she had her best year of ice skating ever, as she gained peripheral vision and with that, more confidence in her jumps.

Before the VT, Claire had a real problem with paranoia. She always thought someone was behind her or off to the side watching her. This, too, has disappeared, I think, as she had defined her peripheral vision. She has also become more outgoing and has lost her fear of new situations.

There is much more, but this is enough to show how it has changed both of our lives - enriched it, opened it up, normalized it, filled it with more opportunity. Claire had at one time been diagnosed as ADD. I looked at her in the car a while back and realized she wasn’t, we had just had to find out what was causing the symptoms.

We thank Dr. Harris and our friends Lynn, Miss Liz, Elizabeth and Thelma.

You’ve given us much.

Claire's mother, 7/31/97

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