Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

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I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Was My Child’s Vision Exam Enough?

Comprehensive Vision Exam

So if I were to ask, “How many of you enjoy your child’s school conference with the teacher?” do you think I would get a large number saying that it is something they look forward to and enjoy? Probably not! For many parents of children that are struggling in school, it can be quite an […]

Medical Student Hates to Read? Adult Perspective on Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges - Vision Therapy

On so many occasions, I am asked about what types of individuals enroll in vision therapy. Many assume that it is just school aged children, who must have some learning disability or decreased IQ to cause them to be doing so poorly in school. This could not be further from the truth. We work with […]

School Day “Crutches” – Compensatory Behaviors

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We recently had a young adult patient, who comes to us for vision care, describe a re-occurring experience that she would have while attending school. Typical to most classrooms, the teachers would require the students to take turns, going row by row, seat by seat, reading paragraphs out loud from the textbook. To some, no […]

Why the, “Homework Wars”?

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“Homework, wars”! It begins with the moment your child comes in the door from school. Your first thought is, “What do WE have for homework tonight?” How many hours of tears, yelling and complete frustration will it take in order to attempt to complete the work that the teacher says should only be taking 30 […]

A Charming Story About Autism, Horses and Friendship

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“Apples for Cheyenne: A story about autism, friendship and horses” written by Elizabeth King Gerlach and illustrated by Kim Miller is a delightful children’s book that touched me on a personal and professional level. I grew up in a family affected by autism, and during those growing up years, my favorite hobby was horseback riding. […]

5 Tips for Better Transitions

Transitions - School Bus

Transitions are rough for many of us. As a parent, I even struggle when transitioning from the peace and quiet of my home office to the hustle and bustle that instantly ensues when my three lively children walk in the door each afternoon. For our kids with sensory challenges, transitions can mean going from one […]

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Homeopathy for Influenza

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Homeopathy has a great record for helping people recover from influenza infections. The easiest homeopathic remedy to use for influenza is Oscillococcinum which is specific for treating influenza and may be used by anyone age two years and up. It is a homeopathic medicine made from the livers of wild ducks that is widely available […]

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The Sensory Benefits of Hippotherapy

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In an archived interview with Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, we learned insights about hippotherapy and its benefits. Hippotherapy uses the horse’s movement and associated sensory stimulation to promote neurophysiologic change. It is performed by a registered occupational, physical or speech and language therapist to achieve various functional outcomes such as sitting independently or catching a […]

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Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist, I have used yoga in a variety of ways with clients I’ve worked with.  Yoga is a great way to build strength and body awareness and also improves sensory processing and regulation.  Yoga can be used with clients young and old. For example, I have used “cat” and “cow” postures to […]

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