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Thomas was diagnosed with essentially no depth perception, an inability for both eyes to track together for reading and an inability for his eyes to converge on a single point. Due to an extreme inability to pay attention in the class he was being homeschooled for Kindergarten. His private reading tutor advised against looking into vision therapy but fortunately four neuro-feedback therapist continued to point out reasons she thought we should get a checkup for this.
After receiving his diagnoses and beginning treatment I felt some concern about the simpleness of the home training and it’s ability to create the major changes he needed. However, I was soon given reason to believe in the process.
Thomas couldn't ever swim or ride a bike without many crashes. As his depth perception came on board he became an avid swimmer and cyclist in 2-3 months’ time. It seemed miraculous. He also quit falling down stairs all of the time, a tremendous relief.
His reading and writing never matched what outside testing showed he was capable of. On the contrary, he was considered to be quite remedial in both. By the end of five months his reading and writing were surpassing grade level and continuing to improve each week. His attention, while still challenged by ADD, improved so greatly that he has been able to matriculate into the public school and fit easily into the classroom with 504 accommodations for his ADD. His high degree of inattentiveness before would have never have made that possible.
I could never have imagined the many ways his vision was interfering with his life. We will always be grateful that we had him tested and did therapy. The positive outcomes vastly exceeded our expectations.
Vision problems have impacted my life three times since 1982. So vision therapy is not new, just underutilized.
In 1982, K experienced delayed reading. A teacher, whose own child had displayed similar problems, suggested a vision exam by an ophthalmologist who tested not just for acuity but also for function. Over converging led to vision therapy and ended with a skilled reader who is now a teacher.
In 2008, a neighbor’s granddaughter was in first grade and had delayed reading. She was put in two reading intervention programs with no success. The school was pushing the parents to approve placement in a special education program. I strongly suggested an eye exam for acuity AND FUNCTION, as one last assurance that special ed was appropriate. Eye function problems found, vision therapy and not seven years later, she is an honor student and sports star.
In 2015, my grandson, in first grade, was having reading delays despite 2 daily reading intervention programs. We found Dr. Hock. He diagnosed function problems. So we have done vision therapy. L is now interested in reading again. He lost 5 months of progress so we are doing catch up and having success. He excels in math. I wish there was a way for teachers and ophthalmologists to screen for eye function. L was screened an ophthalmologists at age 4 and 5. Doc was asked to be aware of hereditary function problems. We found nothing until Dr. Hock came to our attention.
Thank you Dr. Hock and Therapy staff.
Before I came to vision therapy I was a really slow reader, never able to complete my reading in call. Not only was I slow but I would get extremely tired from reading. When I got home from school I could lie on the couch for 5 minutes and I would be asleep.
I thought it was only my reading but it also affected other parts in my life such as I play basketball. I realized I always had trouble with my shoot. It would go too far, then too short. I always thought it was just the way I shoot. Then I came here.
Originally I was just noticing the changes in my reading. I wasn’t nearly as slow and I was actually finishing in class. And when I got home I wouldn’t crash on the couch. I thought all these changes were great and would really help me in high school.
Then over the summer I went outside and was shooting around. All of my shots where going in, wether a jumper, a free-throw or a lay-up. Not too short or not too far anymore. Nothing but net. And now I play for a basketball team and we are 10-0. Winning games like 63-1 or 69-5. And I believe I owe my success to Vision Eye Therapy for helping me.
Jamie was having difficulties with learning how to read when she entered 1st grade. Her teacher noticed that she had trouble copying things from the chalkboard and she would turn her head to read and write. Jamie was evaluated by Dr. Hock and he found that there was a problem with Jamie’s tracking abilities. A plan was initiated where Jamie received weekly vision therapy. In addition to the office visits, there were home exercises to work on. We worked with Jamie throughout the summer. By the end of the 1st trimester of 2nd grade, Jamie has shown a marked improvement in her overall reading skills! She is a much more confident reader and her reading fluency continues improve. I am grateful to Miss Ursula for all of the work she has done with Jamie and to Dr. Hock for having this service available.
We are so thankful to you for helping Andrew become a more competent reader. We worked with Ursula for 8 months once a week… We did do our 20 minutes of homework 4x a week which really helped. I just don’t make it as fun as Ursula, so time sometimes dragged on. Ursula has a wonderful way with the kids. Andrew has come a long way in school. His teachers are very happy to see his reading level increase. He seems to enjoy reading much more and doesn’t argue about doing his reading time.
I’m so glad we were directed to your office to find out what was really going on with Andrew’s eyes. Many teachers observed him and couldn’t really figure out what was causing him to have so much trouble. I’m so glad we found out early. His self-esteem is so much better. He feels good about himself and his ability to keep up with the other kids.
Now he is reading more, playing with Legos and still loves to color. We had 21 sessions and are now just doing some exercises at home. It was worth every penny to get Nicky’s eyes into shape. We are so glad Dr. Hock caught it early and so grateful that Ursula was so patient and kind with Nicky. She is an expert in our opinion and could come up with great exercises that were more like games for Nicky. Thank you so much for changing Nicky’s life and giving him an opportunity to excel!
I had repeatedly asked her teachers what they thought was wrong. One was a reading specialist. They insisted she just needed more practice, and stuck her in a special reading group, with extra books to read. But nothing got better and I was worried she’d end up hating reading. I knew something was not right. I had heard Dr. Hock could detect tracking and other vision problems, so I took her in for an exam.
I’m so glad I did! It turns out Lily had a few correctable problems that needed to be addressed with vision therapy. Lily’s eyes actually moved in different directions sometimes. And those tiny words she skipped? Because of crossed vision, they often looked like they were attached to the word before or after them. No wonder she didn’t see them! I felt awful that I had waited so long for the school to figure it out. We immediately started vision therapy with Ursula Smith, whom Lily and I both just loved from the start. She is so positive, encouraging, and knowledgeable.
After 20 sessions with Ursula and lots of regular eye exercises (5 times a week, no exceptions!), Lily’s eyes are now working in tandem. She flew out of that special reading group with a report card with straight As! And she loves reading! Over the holiday break she read many books on her own. Nothing’s going to slow this girl down! She’s enjoying all of school again, and her current teacher (who was very supportive) is impressed and thrilled. Not as much as her mom, though. I saw how hard Lily worked. Some days the exercises were very challenging, even frustrating, but we took small breaks and pushed through and now she just whips through them for maintenance.
I would recommend Ursula’s care to anyone, but especially to children. So much of a child’s future depends on mastering skills early in life, and reading is the most important. Don’t let your child struggle in frustration and embarrassment. It’s a financial inconvenience and a time investment for sure, but why miss this huge opportunity for your child to succeed and have confidence? And if you have a week where it doesn’t go so well, let Ursula know—she’s got strategies! Most of all, I appreciate her integrity and honesty, letting us know how well Lily was doing and “graduating” her with proven results in writing. And of course I am proud of my hard-working daughter, who never gave up. Hooray for Lily!
In third grade my daughter had fallen below grade level and was being tutored in reading and math. We had her tested for various learning disabilities and her teacher suggested having her tested for ADD since she was struggling to pay attention in class. Her self-esteem was sinking and she was being teased for being “dumb”. That’s when we heard about Dr. Hock.
Dr. Hock diagnosed T. with convergence insufficiency and tracking problems and suggested 20 weeks of therapy. We were hopeful but a bit skeptical, but we decided to give it a try since we were at our wits end.
Ursula did a fantastic job explaining T’s diagnoses to us and our daughter absolutely loved her. Some weeks it was a struggle getting the home exercises done, but by the 9th or 10th week we started to see some improvement in her reading. Along with that our daughter became more willing to read and do her eye therapy.
Our hope was that T. would finish vision therapy at the start of 4th grade and that she would be back at a above grade- level at the end of 4th grade. We were pleasantly surprised when she tested at grade level the first week of 4th grade. No more math and reading tutoring! Her teacher sees no concerns about her learning. T. now enjoys reading and math and her self-esteem is dramatically better.
Vision therapy was more successful than we could have imagined, and it was worth every penny to get T. on the right track.
I asked T. what she would want other kids to know, and this is what she told me:
1. Eye therapy is totally worth all of the pain, and the torture, because when you’re done, reading and school is so much easier.
2. Ursula is really nice and it’s fun to play games with her.
3. Eye therapy improves your sport a ton because you can see the ball better. (Basketball has even become a passion, and her growth curve is steep!)
4. Eye therapy is good because it helps you understand and enjoy reading and math.
We are happy Dr. Hock was able to see an area of concern that we didn’t. We are thrilled to have done vision therapy and have shared our experience with family and friends, since sometimes even the simplest concerns can really be something important.