kitchen table math, the sequel: vision and vision therapy

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

vision and vision therapy

Rickie by Frederic Flach

Seeing Through New Eyes: Changing the Lives of Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and other Developmental Disabilities through Vision Therapy by Melvin Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan was Rickie's vision therapist.


Anonymous said...

Catherine, can you explain how the vision therapy is supposed to help with the stimming? I can see how the prism lenses could help train the eyes and brain to overcome the strabismus, but I can't see how stimming relates to vision.

My eyes drift apart when I am tired or daydreaming, especially when I am not wearing glasses, or I can drift either one at will. But when I handflap it is because I just had an aha or am excited about something or need to interject into a conversation, and when I claw my hand it has more to do with how it feels, except when it claws unconsciously as I am running. Not sure how vision therapy helps with that.

Catherine Johnson said...

Hi anonymous - unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea how any of this works (or might work).

I posted these books because vision therapy came up on another thread, and although I'm usually cautious about alternative therapies, I personally was convinced by the presentation I saw Melvin Kaplan give.

Basically, I just had a 'this sounds more than plausible' reaction ---

I can't remember whether Dr. Kaplan talked to us about stimming per se. It's been a while now. (I took two of my kids - one typical and one autistic - as well as myself to vision therapy for a time.

I saw the largest gains in my typical son who suddenly became a much better soccer player. He had a sharp gain in skill, practically overnight - but I can't remember specifically what the difference was.