Great. Another assessment for Big Brother.
Big Brother has been refereed for a vision check; the OT assessment at Childserve suggested it.
He is seeing Beth Triebel, OD. http://www.vision-park.com/aboutus.html
Here are the concerns the OT at Childserve listed in her referral – I have looked them up (they were all new to me) on: http://www.actg.org/programs/optometric/optometric_terminology.htm
- ocular motor function
- pursuits — a condition in which the individual’s ability to follow a moving target is inadequate. Vision therapy is an effective treatment option.
- saccades — the eye’s ability to direct and coordinate movement as it quickly and voluntarily shift from one target to another.
- accommodation — (eye focusing) the eye’s ability to adjust its focus by the action of the ciliary muscle on the crystalline lens. When this accommodation skill is working properly, the eye can focus and refocus quickly and effortlessly, which is similar to an automatic focus feature on a camera. The ability of the eye to accommodate does decrease with age due to the crystalline lens becoming less flexible causing a condition called presbyopia. (there are several sub types or concerns)
- binocularity — the ability to use both eyes as a team and to be able to fuse (unite) two visual images into one, three-dimensional image
this is his first vision check (bad momma). Since he can not read yet, I am not sure how the OT sav these issues, but that is why she has a degree and I do not. I will be having an appt to sit dovn with her alone, not kids, and talk about the assessment, everything they did and what the implication of her observations is / can be. After that I should have an idea where her concerns come from, that is what she has noticed.
Not 100% sure how I feel about “vision therapy” and all that, I am going to need to see real science about this stuff – e. g. nerves not working right, muscles not doing what they are supposed to and so on.
Again, I have to ask the why that I know no one will be willing to answer. Forceps birth??? Something from the time in the womb, something related to his messed up growth in the womb? It that all part and parcel of the sensory stuff (the self limiting food?) or the emotional stuff? How is all this connected and what caused it all. Is it too much to expect and want some simply factual answer re: causation and physical / root cause???