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Robin H in VA
10-11-2011, 10:04 AM
My ds is 10 yro and still not reading (we are very relaxed in this area and I am not pushing) but he is trying.

1. He says that when he tries to read something the letters 'move' about on the page??

2. He is STILL writing most letters and numbers backward, no matter how many time I correct him and call his attention to them.

3. He has trouble with sight words, we are still doing phonics, but there seems to be something 'missing'??

4. He cannot do copy work without having a major meltdown, so I try to keep it to a minimum. But when he does do some, like from either the whiteboard to type, or from book to paper/or type, he looses his place so quickly and cannot seem to find it again and sometimes he will copy the same thing over or even skip a few words or even whole lines because he just can't 'see' where he was. Make sense??

With just this to go on, there are other things like headaches here lately (not severe ones) what kind of eye exam/doctor should I look for???

When he was in OT the therapists said that he did have trouble with like finding objects such as a 'key in a drawer of clutter' but he has been playing games that have helped with this somewhat, I guess. But I still feel that he is having problems with 'depth perception' I think that is what it is called.

He has Asperger's Syndrome/high fuctioning autism and ADHD, not sure of what else except some behavioral issues that he sees a behavioral specialists for.

His eye exam last year I think was a REAL JOKE!!! The lady who did his exam was not very 'helpful'. I told her that he still did not know all of his letters and he gets them mixed up and she was like 'SO' and she Never explained the eye exam to him only to tell her what letters were on what numbered line (again not knowing/getting numbers confused) he 'read' most of the lines incorrectly. She said he was farsighted. They did not do the eye drops to dialate his eyes (he totally freaked when they suggested it) and they did not do some other tests that my granddaughter had???

So I am thinking that he really needs to see a 'special' eye doctor that knows how to deal with his special needs but will also do as thorough as an exam as possible and get a more 'accurate' reading on his eye sight??

What kind of doctor do you recommend and what should I ask for in the intial phone call to find a good doctor?? I mean are their specific eye exams I should ask for like for the *letters moving*? thing????

Shannon P
10-11-2011, 10:55 AM
There are two different types of eye care professionals: ophthalmologists and optometrists. We've seen several of both kinds for my dd. In my experience, they are quite polarized.

It sounds like you want a behavioral/developmental optometrist that will perform a functional vision assessment. If you mention your ds is Asperger's and not reading at 10yo, and that letters move and he has headaches and you want to remediate these issues, they'll do the complete test.

Find an optometrist:
http://www.covd.org/
More info on vision therapy:
http://pavevision.org/

Good luck! It sounds like your ds is an excellent candidate for vision therapy. I hope it resolves his issues.

Robin H in VA
10-11-2011, 03:30 PM
Thank you, Shannon P.

I will look to see if we have a doctor in our area to help with us. I knew there should be something specific for me to tell them, but I just wasn't sure what.

Thanks again.

Gail in NY
10-11-2011, 04:12 PM
Look for someone in your area that does vision therapy. My ds had perfect eyesight but his visual perception was off........

Robin H in VA
10-11-2011, 08:23 PM
Look for someone in your area that does vision therapy. My ds had perfect eyesight but his visual perception was off........


I have located 1 doctor in our area that even does the type of testing that needs to be done and I did ask about Vision Therapy and there is NO WHERE local (maybe the hospital where he went for OT and ST, but I will have to wait to find out what he will need).

Also the doctor that I found for the exam may not be able to see him b/c of his insurance. Our ds is 'suppose' to be on straight Medicaid since he is receiving SSI. But I called social services to find out which insurance he has b/c the lady at the doctors office could not check ds insurance.

Well I found out that apparently, ds has NOT had insurance since April 30, 2011????? :eek: This is the first I am hearing about this, so I will be calling again tomorrow. I have not received anything from anyone about insurance, so I have no idea what is going on. And the strange thing is, he was just at a specialist last week or the week before and there were no problems with insurance???

AmyinWI
10-11-2011, 08:35 PM
I just had my soon to be 8yo in and was asking them about letter/number reversals, they said until age 9 they don't worry about it. After that ,something needs to be done.
That said, I also would suggest a vision therapy specialist. They seem to be hard to find, though. And often insurances don't cover them either, or the therapy.

I was fortunate to get my dd into an optometrist that was a previous vision therapy specialist (he joined another practice that just does regular eye exams) But he was able to diagnose my dd (who was 12 yo then) with vision problems that were preventing her eyes from working together and gave her some prescription lenses with prisms. She also was reversing letters/numbers and skipping words/lines when she read.
The glasses made a huge difference in her ability to read and write, unfortunately by that age, she had a distaste for anything to do with reading and still hates to read unless absolutely necessary (she is 20 now)

I hope you find someone that can help!

Robin H in VA
10-11-2011, 11:17 PM
I just had my soon to be 8yo in and was asking them about letter/number reversals, they said until age 9 they don't worry about it. After that ,something needs to be done.
That said, I also would suggest a vision therapy specialist. They seem to be hard to find, though. And often insurances don't cover them either, or the therapy.

I was fortunate to get my dd into an optometrist that was a previous vision therapy specialist (he joined another practice that just does regular eye exams) But he was able to diagnose my dd (who was 12 yo then) with vision problems that were preventing her eyes from working together and gave her some prescription lenses with prisms. She also was reversing letters/numbers and skipping words/lines when she read.
The glasses made a huge difference in her ability to read and write, unfortunately by that age, she had a distaste for anything to do with reading and still hates to read unless absolutely necessary (she is 20 now)

I hope you find someone that can help!

Prisms!! This is one thing that the receptionist/nurse mentioned that the doctor could do, and apparently he is the ONLY doctor around that does this, so this could be a really good thing IF we can get ds it. :clap:

Ds loves to be read to, he loves books, he will sit and listen for hours on end to either books on CD or to us read, or just story telling. I know if we could just figure out this eye thing and what is going on, he would LOVE to read so many books, REAL BOOKS. He had me to purchase him a Bunnicula book this week at the libraries on-going book sale, it is a chapter book and I told that I am NOT reading it (mainly b/c of my voice giving out all the time and my constant sore throats) and he said, well you won't have to b/c I am going to learn to read somehow/someway. :hcry: :clap: He just gets so frustrated and I can 'see' that he wants to read, it just won't happen. :unsure:

If I have to call the big universities here (VA Tech and Radford) to find someone or something I will.