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Success in School: Improved Spelling and Better Spellers

Students, child doing better in spelling, spelling tests.

Spelling has also improved as well as reversals. Miraculous! [More]

She was making Cs and Ds on spelling tests with hours of studying; now she makes As with little studying. [More]

I can't believe some of the words he catches without a struggle! His spelling tests are great! 90's to 100's!! [More]

He was having a lot of trouble in school with reading, writing, spelling, etc. ... He could not get his eyes to work together. [More]

Since the therapy, we have even had fun studying spelling - this never happened before. What a relief it has been to her to know that she really is smart.[More]

Vision Therapy helped me with my reading and my writing and my spelling. [More]

I would recommend Vision Therapy to any child having VISION problems.[More]

Spelling recall has increased ... first semester - all A's! [More]

He is re-learning to spell now that his vision can handle it. [More]

... spelling went up from 50% to 95%. Also, the time he spent on spelling has been drastically reduced ... I would absolutely recommend Vision Therapy because it helps patients to function better in everyday life.[More]

It is a great opportunity when you are presented with an option to make your child's life easier ... As a result of Vision Therapy, my son's, Bobby, memory, especially in the area of spelling, has improved a great deal. ... now almost every week he gets 100%. [More]

Without the therapy, Scott would still be struggling and frustrated with reading and spelling. [More]

When Dustin started therapy, he could not recognize any letters of the alphabet ... he now has total recognition of both lower and upper case letters. [More]

The reason we started Vision Therapy was because Krystin would have all the letters in her spelling words, but would have them out of order...after about only four sessions her spelling grades were 100% for the rest of the school year. [More]

...handwriting and spelling continue to improve. He now gets 90-100% on spelling tests.[More]


Read full stories below.

When first diagnosed, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. After reading the materials and watching the video, I was convinced there was a problem that could be corrected. Vision Therapy has done a wonderful job with Mary Ruth. I can see SO many improvements. She is no longer embarrassed to read out loud, her fluency is much improved. She doesn't skip words and lines, she actually enjoys reading! Comprehension is another area of great improvement. Her reading test scores are much better. Spelling has also improved as well as reversals. Miraculous!

I must say that Vision Therapy has helped Mary Ruth in so many ways. It is well worth the time, effort and money. My only regret is not knowing about it sooner!
Donna Callaway

Amanda's homework time has gone from three hours a night to fifteen minutes or less. Her reading has greatly improved. She isn't skipping words and lines now. Her speed of reading has also increased. All of her grades have improved. She has gone from a C average to As. She was making Cs and Ds on spelling tests with hours of studying; now she makes As with little studying. Amanda had gotten to where she didn't care about her grades; now she gets really upset if she doesn't get an A. Her teacher has sent notes home saying, "Keep up whatever you are doing at home."

Amanda has enjoyed Vision Therapy. Thank you for offering such a wonderful program. We are very grateful.
Margaret Hopewell

Nathan was having problems in Kindergarten. I tried working with him at home but it wasn't helping. I thought that I was a failure! My sister told me to bring Nathan to you [a developmental optometrist] for an evaluation.

Nathan's reading is fabulous! I can't believe some of the words he catches without a struggle! Nathan also plays soccer. He is great! Every week he gets his name in the paper for scoring. His spelling tests are great! 90's to 100's!!

Without your help Nathan would probably be another child that is labeled by our schools.

I wish that more people would take my advice and bring their child in for an evaluation. Their children would have so much more confidence in themselves and they'd be much happier! Thank you so much!!

God Bless You All!
Teri R., October 1998

My son was seven years old when I first brought him to Dr. X. He was having a lot of trouble in school with reading, writing, spelling, etc. Through an eye exam, Dr. X discovered that Sean was having a lot of trouble with focusing. He could not get his eyes to work together. So, she immediately started therapy with him, which meant coming to see her every week and Sean and I doing eye therapy every day at home. After only a few weeks, I started seeing a lot of progress in school as well as at home. Now it has been a few months and I cannot believe the progress he has made. He can now handle school work much better and his behavior has improved.
Mother of Sean (age 7)


Photo Credit: Steve McEnroe/Rapid City Journal
It has been approximately six months now that our nine-year old daughter, Andrea, has been attending visual training classes. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you how pleased we are with Andrea's progress.

Before exposure to Vision Therapy, we spent countless hours preparing for the dreaded spelling test. We studied Andrea's spelling every night which made evenings at the Everett household very frustrating and caused a great deal of stress - not only for Andrea but also for her parents. Most study sessions left Andrea in tears and her parents feeling guilty. Andrea had always been a very outgoing and well-adjusted child; however, all the check marks on her papers were beginning to discourage her very much. We could see our confident daughter gradually loosing her self-esteem.

Before Vision Therapy, the time and energy we spent studying Andrea's spelling went to waste as Andrea only retained the information long enough to take the test the next day (many, times not even that long). The Vision Therapy has taught us how to study with less effort and allows Andrea to retain what she has just spent hours studying. Since the therapy, we have even had fun studying spelling - this never happened before.

Vision Therapy along with the understanding that her eyes play tricks on her, has given Andrea back her self-confidence. What a relief it has been to her to know, that she really is smart. I no longer have visions of her getting so discouraged with school that she would drop out down the road. She knows that spelling will always be a challenge to her, but she is now ready to take on that challenge. I only wish that all the children in the area with Andrea's disability could get the help and encouragement they need before it is too late.

Thank you again.
Karen Everett, Parent

Vision Therapy helped me with my reading and my writing and my spelling. I had a good time too. My therapist was cool and fun. I liked her very much.
Foster Cook, young patient

The above statement was written by my daughter. This is the greatest success story I could share. Many thanks to Dr. X and his staff for making this possible.
A. L. Cook, Foster's parent, 6/10/02

Ashley has improved in numerous things. Her reading and spelling are better, and her attitude toward school work is also better. She struggled a lot in language, but seems to be doing so much better. Her teachers have seen the improvement as well. They send encouraging notes home to keep up the good work.

I would recommend Vision Therapy to any child having VISION problems.
Sherry Shouse, Ashley's parent, 5/5/03

Spelling recall has increased using the visualization and visual memory techniques - first semester - all A's! Frustration level has decreased tremendously in reading and homework activities.
Diane O., patient's parent

Tyler is able to focus on and complete his homework faster and more efficiently now. Homework time has dropped from approximately three hours a night to one hour or less. The Vision Therapy activities that Tyler would be given for homework were often very difficult on his first try; however, by the end of a week, he would have the task mastered.

Tyler is able to put words together more closely to the actual spelling now. He is re-learning to spell now that his vision can handle it. His last three quizzes have been A's and B's in History, Science and Language. He was near failing in these subjects before Vision Therapy. Thank you!
Wendy Nichols, Tyler's parent

Since his Vision Therapy, there have been dramatic changes in my son's grades in school. For example, his grades for spelling went up from 50% to 95%. Also, the time he spent on spelling has been drastically reduced from half an hour to ten minutes. Emery feels much more confident when writing his stories and proud to show them off. He still needs breaks every now and then to relax his eye muscles, but he now has great control over them.

I would absolutely recommend Vision Therapy because it helps patients to function better in everyday life. Many thanks.
Melania Stephan, Emery's parent, 3/20/03

Often when a child has areas in life they struggle with, we as parents hope to make everything easier and clearer. It is not always possible.

It is a great opportunity when you are presented with an option to make your child's life, especially in school, easier and when there is an answer or potential answer to his or her issues. Vision Therapy can be that opportunity.

Schools and child study teams are not adequately equipped in understanding vision and how it affects learning. It is important to have your child evaluated by a professional who does understand vision and learning and who knows that Vision Therapy is an important tool where the issues exist. In those cases, Vision Therapy can provide clarity and improvement in school and other aspects of your child's life.

As a result of Vision Therapy, my son's, Bobby, memory, especially in the area of spelling, has improved a great deal. In fourth grade, he rarely got 100% on his first testing of his spelling words and now almost every week he gets 100%. His memory overall seems greatly improved.

Bobby now remembers the books he needs from school each day, completes his assignments more efficiently, and seems more self-motivated and organized.
Mrs. Sarita G, Bobby's parent, 03/06/2003

Before Scott started Vision Therapy, he was reading at the end of first grade reading level. Scott also had very poor spelling. In the sessions that we have attended and his home sessions, we and Scott have noticed a big improvement. His spelling has gone from 2 to 3 words correct to only 1 to 2 words incorrect. His reading has improved one grade level.

His teacher has noticed that Scott is more attentive and seems like he has more confidence in himself and his abilities. Without the therapy, Scott would still be struggling and frustrated with reading and spelling.
Patricia L. Witt., Scott's parent, 1/23/99

When Dustin started therapy, he could not recognize any letters of the alphabet, nor copy anything written down before him. Today he can copy sentences with proper spacing, read a beginners book with assistance and will ask for help in spelling only when he's baffled by the word. He now has total recognition of both lower and upper case letters. No longer does he invert numbers such as twelve for twenty-one, thirteen for thirty-one etc. As far as effort is concerned, that never was a problem with Dusty. He can be an extremely focused individual when he sets his mind to a project, it's just that now school work is no longer a painful experience.

Dusty was never a behavioral problem. Like most seven year olds, playtime is more important than world peace, Vision Therapy, tutoring in reading or homework. As parents all we can do is hope that when he gets older he'll look back and thank us for our efforts, instead of casting us out on the streets or into the confines of a state-run nursing home.
Mrs. Boxer, Dustin's mother


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