from struggling reader to confident and no longer afraid reader
My son Robert is 7 years old and is currently in the first grade. At the beginning of his school year his Reading Specialist was concerned about his reading skills and his ability to read with fluency. She immediately thought we should contact Dr. Brinkley for an expert opinion. Robert was evaluated and diagnosed with Oculomotor Dysfunction or in layman’s terms a dysfunction of Robert’s reading eye movements. He could read but it was painfully slow and his eyes would just “drag” from one word to another and he often lost his place on a line. Well, of to Columbia we went. We would go every week faithfully. Lindsey became Robert’s Therapist and permanent friend. A bond was quickly formed as the sessions clicked by. Lindsey was very focused and knowledgeable with every skill he learned. She was always willing to do “whatever it takes” and always with a smile. Slowly but surely and with lots of practice at home Robert’s eyes started to track faster and work together and his reading became more fluent. So far our stress level has gone down and Robert’s own confidence level in his own ability to read has risen. It’s almost as if he isn’t afraid to read anymore. Since reading was always difficult for Robert he compensated and was an excellent “auditory” learner. When we read stories to him he could remember them and describe them with great detail. I think with Robert’s new found reading ability and his comprehension skills, 2nd grade will be much smoother for him and me! We are extremely thankful that Robert attends an excellent school that recognized his problem to begin with and second that we attended the Vision Therapy Institute. The Vision Therapy Institute has now given Robert the skills to become a successful reader which we all know is a “must” in life. Robert is not 100% “out of the woods” so to speak yet but we know he is well on his way to becoming a great reader with the help of vision therapy, his reading specialist, his teachers, and Mom and Dad!