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Vision Therapy Assessment

Today, Joshua went to Alderwood Vision Therapy for an assessment. I was immediately put at ease when his running around the office was simply taken in stride. My dear Sarah caught him as he ran down the hall while I was busy checking in at the front desk. Rachel was helping get Michael squared away as well as enjoying the surprise of meeting one of the girls’ friends in the waiting room. We had heard about vision therapy from this friend benefiting from it and I also heard about it from Occupational Therapy and was referred to the clinic by Joshua’s OT.

The girls visited with their friend and worked on their school work while Michael joined Joshua and I with Dr. T for his exam. Dr. T did wonderful work. I was so impressed with what she was able to discover with Joshua, who really was quite squirrelly. She was able to due in on subtle nuances such as the fact that Joshua switches the eye he closes when looking close at an object. I never realized that! Additionally, having worked with countless autistic children, she seemed to know just what to do to get the information she needed. She tried some really interesting glasses on Joshua that made him look like a mini Harry Potter, but they had such angles to the glass that she was turning to see how he would respond. Amazing! She managed to get her information while also teaching Michael that Joshua was a lot smarter than he thought he was and once we helped him get things working better for him, he may end up being the smartest person in our whole family! I would believe it! (Actually, for any of the kids!) She managed to get some eye drops in his eyes so that he could get an eye exam by Dr. J and they sure dilated his eyes for the entire day (she said sometimes it could be for 24 hours!). While we were waiting for his eyes to dilate, we waited in the waiting room. Since the light was too much for Joshua, he ended up laying under two chairs until Dr. J came for us. Dr. J was able to determine that Joshua was slightly far sighted. Looking in the eyes of an uncooperative, moving target and getting all the information they needed was remarkable. Dr. T let me know that she would be calling me with the results and the next steps in the next few days.

So, the rest of the day, Joshua actually did quite well considering the light sensitivity he was dealing with. He refused to wear the funky sunglasses provided and just ended up squinting or seaking a low stimulus environment. However, in speech therapy, he did quite well and Amanda said he was doing a lot more talking and even saying a few words she has been working on with him, such as “open” and “more”, noting he was saying it repeatedly.

Joshua enjoying a book at Pre-school

At developmental pre-school, Joshua was quite eager, as usual, to get to class and as we were dropping him off and giving updates to Ms. Katie, we had the opportunity to meet some of his class mates. I met two kids, also on the Autism Spectrum and learned that they may be getting a full day program next year and hopefully, that will include ABA elements. That gave me encouragement to get my letter worked on and sent into the district office. The ABA speaker last week at Seattle Children’s encouraged me to advocate that Joshua’s treatment needs to drive his placement, and not the placement driving the treatment. I guess this district is known for needing quite a bit of prodding in that direction. Overall, however, I have been quite pleased with Joshua’s progress and am extremely grateful that he enjoys school and is benefiting. I can’t wait for him to benefit all the more.

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