“Before vision therapy, Garrett was having problems engaging with and relating to the world around him. He had previously undergone surgery for strabismus, but it was unsuccessful. This kept him less confident about daily tasks and key relationships. Garrett had problems making friends largely because he was a very “hands-on” child. He engaged with his peers by touching them, which in fact repelled them. We understood later, from Dr. Semenza, that touch was how he was making sense of his world.
Before vision therapy, Garrett had problems playing the sports he loves. His problems with tracking, etc., directly affected his performance, confidence, and his attention span. Those things contributed to an on-going cycle that was heading toward his disinterest in sports.
Garrett’s frustration toward his vision became a cycle of frustration with our family. It exposed our inability to help him and left us all frustrated.
Vision therapy has given Garrett the confidence he needed to make improvements in his life. Vision therapy has given Garrett the skills to balance the ways in which he engages with others; he has since made many friends. He has a better understanding of “personal space” and no longer uses his hands to gain the attention of others.
In terms of sports, Garrett has excelled tremendously. He has better attention on the baseball field- which is much better for avoiding injury and he has reclaimed a love for the game.
After having vision therapy, Garrett no longer gets frustrated like he has done in the past. It has given him a life skill. He could use that skill to adapt to the world around him and empower him to manage something that he had previously thought was out of his control.
After vision therapy for Garrett, our family has come to realize vision therapy is truly not just for an individual. It has given us the confidence and the tools to avoid frustration and that feeling of being out of control.”
“Before vision therapy I was having problems with time management at my job, struggling to keep up with paperwork due to over focusing on unnecessary details, and difficulty with reading. Vision therapy has made a tremendous difference in my life. I am able to see the big picture rather than get lost in the details. Reading is no longer a chore. I’m able to stay alert and comprehend what I am reading. My work has become more manageable.”
“Before vision therapy Ashley was having problems with enjoying to read, and it also took Ashley extra time to do her homework. Ashley has currently read 30 books this summer. She enjoys reading books that interest her. Ashley also enjoyed coming to vision therapy. She looked forward to her time with the therapists.”
“Before vision therapy Pipper was having problems with visual tracking and getting his two eyes to work together. He was not reading well. Now his reading is fluent and he is able to read quickly because his eyes work together properly.”
“Before vision therapy Sadie was having problems with focusing and reading and now it doesn’t take as much effort to read and I can concentrate longer.”
Matthew enjoyed his “fun” visits to Dr. Semenza’s for therapy. He enjoys doing things he didn’t enjoy before… He is a grade ahead of his class in reading. …I would highly recommend Dr. Semenza and visual therapy. ~ P.S.
I now read more and it has helped my schoolwork at [my] university. The biggest change would be one of attitude. ~ N.D.
Throughout her course of vision therapy Nina showed steady improvement in her reading ability. She slowly came to see herself as a reader and gained confidence. As a benefit her school work overall has shown improvement. ~ J.G.