Vision Therapy: Building Confidence One Visit at a Time
Before reading this next Blog post let this statistic sink in: “The American Optometric Association says that nearly 1 in 5 of the elementary school-children in the United States have vision imbalances that can hamper their learning and development.”
Last week, Karen and I were chatting about a patient we both see regularly. I had been her primary Vision Therapist for several sessions in a row; Karen hadn’t seen her since the first unit. We were both amazed with, not only, how far she had come in her VT program, but we couldn’t believe how this new, outgoing and funny side of her personality had emerged!
I wondered immediately, could Vision Therapy have created a spark in this young woman? Could Vision Therapy build confidence in patients along with, for example, fixing convergence insufficiencies, etc.? Perhaps! “A growing number of psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, general physicians and ophthalmologists are aware of the benefits of optometric vision therapy and do support it”, so why aren’t more parents and teachers on board, as well? (Suddenly Successful, 63)
Being able to see, REALLY see, using both eyes equally and together as a team, balancing the body, critically thinking, challenging her motor skills, gaining a report with an adult who started out as a stranger and became a mentor…all of these things put together… WOW! Could you imagine your child or young adult gaining all of those abilities PLUS receiving the care and one-on-one attention from a trained VT?
A child or teen with high self-esteem will be able to:
- act independently
- assume responsibility
- take pride in his accomplishments
- tolerate frustration
- attempt new tasks and challenges
- handle positive and negative emotions
- offer assistance to others
On the other hand, a child with low self-esteem will:
- avoid trying new things
- feel unloved and unwanted
- blame others for his own shortcomings
- feel, or pretend to feel, emotionally indifferent
- be unable to tolerate a normal level of frustration
- put down his own talents and abilities
- be easily influenced
Compare the two lists above. Where does your child fit in? Is he/she having trouble at school or on the field? Do you notice your child having anxiety before and/or during homework time? Does your child report any unusual symptoms or feelings after screen-time? Of course, this may or may not be related to your child’s vision, but if you suspect so, please come visit us for a comprehensive evaluation!