If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know that our son was vaccine-injured as an infant. (Read his story here.) One of our greatest struggles throughout the years has been with reading. He struggled so much with letter reversals and focus. As a former reading specialist, I tried everything I knew to do, and although we made progress, it was very slow and tedious.
A year ago, we discovered that he had eye convergence issues. This means that although he did not need glasses, his eyes were unable to “converge” and hold the convergence necessary to do focused activities such as reading or catching a ball. Because of this, he would see double or the letters would overlap. This was something that I had never heard of in my educational experience. We knew words like “dyslexia” and “struggling learner,” neither of which gave us any true solutions with healing. The approaches included coping strategies at best.
After learning about his eye convergence issues, we sought the advice of a pediatric ophthalmologist and spent months working on eye exercises to strengthen his eye muscles. He had some success along the way, and we heard great testimonies from our general practitioner. Four months ago, however, the motivation for his eye exercises was completely lost, and we found that he greatly regressed in his convergence ability, which thus, affected the progress he had made in reading.
We prayed and prayed for a solution, knowing that the eye convergence issue was rooted in the damage done to the brain. Fortunately, we discovered that our chiropractor had two treatments that could be used to help his automatic nervous system and eyes function better: NeuroLink and NeuroModulation Technique.
By the third treatment, he became extremely excited about reading and began to carry a stack of books around the house in order to read whenever he could. It was amazing to see how quickly he progressed in just a short amount of time.
Today, we returned to our ophthalmologist after four months of not doing eye exercises and were so excited to hear that his eyes were functioning far better than ever before. The ophthalmologist was completely taken aback at his progress and even told him that he no longer needed to do the exercises since his eyes were working just fine. Praise God!
I cannot tell you how grateful we were to hear about his progress. It is such a blessing to be one step closer to recovery.
If you know of a child struggling with dyslexia or reading, please educate them on eye convergence issues and possible solutions. Here are a few that you may find helpful:
- Eye exercises under the supervision of a pediatric ophthalmologist. This is the program we used with our ophthamologist. http://computerorthoptics.com
- NeuroLink or NeuroModulation Technique provided by some chiropractors.
- Labwork may also be done by a holistic practitioner to check the neurotransmitters. Sometimes supplementation and diet changes may render positive results.
- The GAPS diet has been associated with reversing dyslexia symptoms.
I pray that they are able to get the help they need in order to enjoy the beautiful gift of reading. Blessings to you and yours!