I have a 9 year old son who was at school for a year. We have now been homeschooling him for 2 years. He left school not even knowing the alphabet let alone read or write. I have tried quite a few different methods, not all cheap!! We tried the Davis program for about 5 months with no improvement at all. We are now doing the easyread system and are seeing some improvements. He can read simple stories but will jump words, say the last sound as the first, make up words that are not there and generally struggle. Even when he is well rested he yawns all the time while doing easy read (which he really likes doing). He is quite high energy and often struggles to settle himself in all areas of life from play to work to bedtimes. At school they tested his vocab when he was 5 and it came out with oral vocab and understanding being age 13 so he isnt 'slow'. I feel quite frustrated that I havent got him on the road to reading by now and Im so thankful for discovering easyread and seeing some improvements. They recommended I speak to you to see if you think this may be a eye issue with him. We are in NZ in Christchurch so not sure if there is anyone here who could help as this has never been mentioned to us before. Easyread has picked up an eye tracking issue and he is doing simple exercise of following his finger at intervals through the day.
Hi nzdonkey -- You might want to copy and paste this question into a comment beneath Dr Joel's article; that way he'll be sure to see it. Regarding behavioural optometrists in New Zealand, we here at Easyread have referred out to quite a few of them so I'll send you a few names in your area. Thanks! - Sarah
Hi NZDonkey I live in Napier and have been to two different behavioural optometrists in Hastings. The one at Spec Savers had the best training and up to date information. If you have a community services card the assessment may be covered for you. Wish you the best and hope things are less shaky for you. BeeGees
hi my 8 year old is the same we went to a behavioural optometrist he was given a simple exercise to help.. all you do is type out a heap of letters at random and then get them to go along the letters with their finger and ask them to find the a then the b etc and circle it with a pen helps heaps with eye tracking and confidence. heres an example jdhishfienkcdnsihfaerycjojsnckjdkd i found doing it in a larger text helped too. good luck
Replied by drjoelon Thursday, June 13 2013, 09:24 PM·Hide·#4
One of my most common questions asked by my parents is, why does my bright child have trouble reading. The most common answer is visual dysfunction. Yes, i feel that your child does suffer from visual dysfunction and I agree with easyread that you should seek out a behavior optometrist from their list.