Samantha M, age 8, had a vision evaluation to see if her trouble reading was caused by her vision. She had a condition called “esophoria” in which the eyes have difficulty pointing together when viewing close-up. Partway through 3rd grade, Samantha’s mother was considering holding her back a grade and changing to a new, private school. After 3.5 months of vision therapy, Samantha’s reading improved so much that her mom is no longer planning to hold her back, and Samantha has nearly caught up with her classmates. Update 10 months after the completion of therapy: "Sam is doing well and reading at grade level. I do feel the therapy both played a significant part in her progress. We received great assistance from Kate and were sad to have to stop working with her. But, Samantha continues to progress. ...she does not get headaches or dizziness anymore. In fact, her recent reading test MAP – R showed her at 205, which right where she needs to be."
Unfortunately, I'm unable to attend [Dr. Wachs' and Dr. Wieder's book signing] but would like to send my best wishes to Harry Wachs, who saw my daughter, Samantha Elisofon, for 9 years. Along with Dr. Zeller, Matt, and others in the office, he helped her tremendously. Although not cured of autism, Samantha is now a junior at Pace University with a 3.4 average and a merit scholarship. (She already has an Associate's Degree, cum laude, from Landmark College). We are keeping our fingers crossed that she will graduate in May of 2014.You guys all played a big role in helping my daughter go beyond what others thought possible.
Our son grew socially and emotionally during his years at the Vision and Conceptual Development Center. The therapists were extremely engaging and demonstrated time and time again an ability to draw B out and help him make new connections. His social skills and academic performance really took off during this period, and we believe the team at the Vision and Conceptual Development Center played a key role in fostering this growth.--EL
We have been clients of VCDC for several years beginning when my son, with severe expressive language deficits and ASD, was 8 years old. In the beginning we had a robust schedule several days a week. He's 16 now, and we continue to go once weekly. The Drs. Identified poor-eye tracking, poor depth perception, along with a host of other deficits. We've seen tremendous improvement in visual discrimination and ability to gain and process more information received visually. His highest scores now on cognition tests are in the area of visual discrimination and I attribute that to VCDC. We were a committed ABA family, and Dr. Wachs insisted we add the developmental-based interventions to his behavioral therapy, and I agree that it is a good complementary intervention. With vision therapy you train the brain to think. We highly recommend VCDC. Bertra M
Dear Dr. Zeller,
Thanks for examination for N. yesterday. It is great that you are feeding the results into her therapy so that the exercises are even more tailored to specific areas to be improved. We are so happy with improvement she is making. Many thanks to you, Matt and the staff there!!!!
Best, G (N's husband)
Chris D, age 23, discovered he had amblyopia (lazy eye) when he failed a vision test to become a Navy pilot. He had no other vision symptoms that he was aware of. The first time he came in, he had 20/15 eyesight in his good eye and 20/30 eyesight in the “lazy” eye. He needed to see at least 20/20 without glasses to pass the test. His “lazy” eye was so uncoordinated, we were unable to determine a prescription at the first test. After several months of vision therapy, Chris’s formerly “lazy” eye can read 20/20, his eyes work together efficiently as a team, and he passed his flight school eye examination.
Learn about one family's experiences with vision therapy at The View From Here. The child and family are not patients of the Vision & Conceptual Development Center.
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