Developmental Optometrist

Milanne - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Has anyone seen a Developmental Optometrist? I just learned about this after talking to an OT and think I may need to take my son to one. He is six and having trouble learning to read. He sounds out words that he has read several times over and also has trouble copying words that are on a different piece of paper. The OT said this may be due to focus and short term memory problems. Just wondering if anyone has gone through this?

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Andi - posted on 05/10/2009

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I think it would definitely be worth getting an evaluation done. Our son was having a little trouble crossing midline with his eyes and seemed like he might be having depth perception issues. We went to a developmental optometrist and she said that while he is on the low end of normal, it is something to keep an eye on to make sure he continues to progress.



You might also consider that our culture pushes reading pretty early in kids -- there are other mental skills (like being able to blend sounds -- to make C-A-T blend together into cat) that develop later in some kids, even "normal" kids. Do check into it, AND don't panic that he's not ready to read yet.

Elaine - posted on 03/30/2009

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I took my daughter to a Vision Development Optometrist in January and she prescribed glasses and diagnosed a lazy right eye and depth perception problems.  She is 5yrs old and will be starting Kindergarten in September.  She attends vision therapy weekly and seems to be doing well.  She is not reading yet but hopefully she will be able to master it a lot easier with the vision therapy behind her.  I saw a Dr. Michele Bessler in Westbury, Long Island, NY and she comes higly recommended.

Elaine - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Milanne:

Developmental Optometrist

Has anyone seen a Developmental Optometrist? I just learned about this after talking to an OT and think I may need to take my son to one. He is six and having trouble learning to read. He sounds out words that he has read several times over and also has trouble copying words that are on a different piece of paper. The OT said this may be due to focus and short term memory problems. Just wondering if anyone has gone through this?


 

Denise - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son attends vision therapy weekly.  It has done wonders for him.  He wouldn't even open a book before therapy and now he's reading without having to cover up words and using his fuinger as a guide.  My son is also six and between the therapy and home therpay we have to do, he has progressed rapidly.  You can find more information at www.visionhelp.com.  Dr. Stanley Applebaum is noted to be one of the best and he has  alot of information on his website.

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