The Wonders of Vision (Therapy)

Joshua has now attended two vision therapy sessions and I must say, it has been fascinating.  If I remember correctly, 90 – 95 % of what we do is dependent upon our vision.  The main task of Joshua’s therapy involves getting his eyes to work together when he is focusing on something close to him.  He tends to close one eye.  It looks quite adorable, of course, but it causes him some problems now and down the road.  Once his eyes start working together more, the next step is to get him some glasses for his farsightedness and continue his vision therapy until we run out of coverage (he gets 32 visits a lifetime on the insurance we currently have).  Of course, if Bryan strikes it rich on his small business ventures, we will have the money to just pay cash, if need be, or explore other options when the time comes.

Sam, Joshua’s Vision therapist, does such great work with him, finding toys and activities that are not only of interest, but fun, too.  Joshua clearly has a lot of fun.  His first visit involved him laying down a lot and obstructing one eye.  His second visit had him excited and engaged the entire session.  Not only that, but Sam is helping Joshua learn what the limits are and he is learning to respond. She used to work at Rosemary White’s office, where Joshua goes to Occupational Therapy, and has a lot of experience working with autistic children.

I am realizing that I need to be more patient with his progress and look for the improvements, even if they are ever so slight.  One thing I would like to see, though, is for him to stop giving himself a rug burn on his forehead.  He kneels on the floor with his head on the rug and pushes himself along, looking at the designs on the rug.  He’ll also go along the wall and look out of one eye.  If something seems out of place, he will cry and get upset.  It’s hard to know why he is behaving that way and what will help him.  What I tend to do is try to redirect him, sometimes by holding him and singing softly to him, mostly worship songs as a prayer to the One who knows him best.  I need all the help I can get.

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3 Responses to “The Wonders of Vision (Therapy)”

  1. Dr. M. Says:

    I am a developmental optometrist and I am so pleased to read about your journey. You have found a wonderful resource to help Joshua. Please keep writing about vision therapy and all the other aspects of raising an autistic child. Parents and professionals working together– that is the magic ingredient in helping so many children.

  2. Dr. M. Says:

    Oh! My name is Dr. Rochelle Mozlin. I am an Associate Professor at SUNY State College of Optometry.

    For more information on a variety of topics related to vision therapy, visit

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks, Doctor! This is quite the learning process and we are grateful for all these wonderful treatments to help kids like our son.



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