Improving classroom focus through vision therapy

In grade 1, it was suspected that Austin was suffering from ADD. His parents saw something else going on.

Our son Austin has been seeing Dr. McCrodan since December of 2012. Austin is in grade one and was unable to read, form his letters properly, and was miserable at school. He would hide under his desk at school to avoid “word scramble.” He was also very uncoordinated and was unable to focus on anything for too long.

We stumbled upon Dr. McCrodan when our regular optometrist left the clinic we go to. It was fate; we had no idea that the issues Austin was struggling with had anything to do with his vision. Hints were made that perhaps he had ADD which, in my heart, I knew wasn’t true.

In a few short months of vision therapy with Dr. McCrodan (1/3 of the way through treatment), Austin went from a “below average” reader to an average reader who has gone from Reading Level 1 to 10. His printing is now legible — not to mention his coordination – and, most importantly, his confidence has improved by leaps and bounds. There is no more crying because he had to go to school. When we met with his teacher, I cried because Austin had improved so much. Austin’s teacher was stunned by his progress — all due to vision therapy.

I don’t even want to think of the struggles Austin would have endured throughout his life and schooling if we had never had the good fortune to meet Dr. McCrodan. Dr. McCrodan is a caring, passionate professional who, in Austin’s words, is “a good buddy to kids who have vision problems”. Austin looks forward to his weekly sessions with Dr. McCrodan and says it feels just like home.

 

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