Does Your Child Struggle with Reading?
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Did you know that
Over 65% of America's 4th & 8th & 12th graders are not reading at grade level!
—National Center for Education Statistics
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is #1 Reading Problem in America and how does it affect my child or students?
- What are the 7 Most Common Reading Errors?
- Why is 20/20 Eyesight is Not Good Enough When Your Child Reads?
When President Lyndon Johnson was in office, his daughter, Luci Johnson, suffered from poor grades and learning difficulties due to learning related vision problems. Her story shows us that anyone, regardless of status or income, may struggle with visual or perceptual dysfunction.
Full Story... and be sure to take the FREE Eye-Q Reading Inventory at the bottom of the page to find out what is really creating your child's or student's reading struggles
Most kids who have any difficulty reading, lack the basic visual skills that are the building blocks of reading excellence.
Kids from families in all walks of life are affected.
Even the daughter of a former President nearly dropped out of school because she suffered from undetected learning-related vision problems.
It's not your child's fault. And it's not your fault either.
Make sure to have your child's eyesight and visual/perceptual skills checked by a developmental optometrist in your area. Visit covd.org or oepf.org for more information and find out whether your child needs vision therapy.
The items in this vision therapy program are created by Developmental Optometrists and we recommend consulting your developmental optometrist before using them. They are intended for home use only.
The Number 1 Reading Problem in America
Undeveloped Visual Skills. Kids today aren't doing the same things you did as a kid that developed the eyesight and vision skills needed to be a good reader. And schools are not testing kids to find out whether they have the visual skills needed to read what is required.
Remember when you were a kid? How did you spend most of your free time?
You played outdoors, right? You rode your bike, climbed trees, built forts, played catch, drew and followed maps, and made up lots of new outdoor games. Indoors, you played board games, wrote letters, made up card games, played jacks and built things with tinker toys.
You didn't know it then, but all those things gave you the skills you needed to be able to read.
- How to track a moving object (then you could move your eyes from line to line easily when you read)
- Eye-hand coordination (copying from the board to the paper)
- To develop peripheral vision (allowed you to see more words at once and read faster)
- Learned to tell right from left, b's from d's, p's from q's (laterality and directionality in reading terms)
Today - guess where most kids are? Indoors - and what are they doing? You guessed it, they are watching T.V., spending countless hours on the computer and playing video games. While these are not bad things in themselves, they don't develop the visual skills needed to make them good readers and they need vision therapy exercises to help.
When kids get to school, most of them only get a brief eyesight screening that tells whether they can see a certain size letter from 20 feet away.
This is done using the Snellen Eye Chart, which was developed in the 1850's to see if a child could read the chalkboard from the back of the room. There is no testing to determine whether your child needs vision therapy.
The Snellen chart has nothing to do with reading comprehension at 16 inches, nor does it tell whether the child can understand and make meaning from what they read.
20/20 Eyesight Is Not Good Enough!
Answer these questions AND be sure to take the FREE Eye-Q Reading Inventory at the bottom of the page to find out what is really creating your child's reading struggles.
Does your child lose his/her place on the page?
Does your child skip lines?
Do they reverse words when reading out loud?
Does your child complain about reading?
Has your child been called Lazy? Inattentive? ADHD / ADD?
Do their test scores show that they are bright but still not doing well?
Does your child often become distracted when reading?
Do they seem to skip over punctuation as if it isn't there?
Does your child have 20/20 eyesight and still have reading problems?
Does your child re-read things they just read?
Does your child know the word on one page but not the next?
If your child has 20/20 eyesight, it only means that they can see a certain sized letter from 20 feet away. This distance acuity is not good enough information about what your child sees on the printed page. It does not tell you whether your child understands what he or she reads.
Visual Perception Problems Can be Easily Corrected
Vision is a learned skill, like walking or talking. Most of us are born with eyesight but need to learn to use our eyes together as a team for good vision. If you checked any of the boxes above, your child's reading problems are the result of untrained visual skills which vision therapy exercises can help.
If your child's vision skills are untrained it often results in low reading comprehension levels or behavioral problems due to the frustration your child feels.
They may be told that they are not trying "hard enough" or "not concentrating", when in fact, their visual system is unprepared for the daily vision activities needed for proficient reading. They may even be labeled as ADHD, when in fact, vision therapy exercises could change how they see the printed page and suddenly, they become great readers.
Don't let your child suffer the embarrassment of poor reading skills.
Children must have both good eyesight and good visual skills to be proficient readers.
However, "eyesight" and "vision" are not the same.
Eyesight is the ability to see (acuity) and the eye's responses to the light coming into it.
Vision is the ability to make meaning of what you see, and interpret the information coming through the eyes.
Many children score 20/20 eyesight on the Snellen Test (basic eye chart). Often they still have poor visual skills that interfere with their ability to read, copy from book to paper, copy from the chalkboard or write in a straight line (not uphill or downhill).
20/20 eyesight refers to the fact that a letter 3/8 inches high can be seen from 20 feet away. It does not give information about the skills needed for the act of reading at a distance of about 16 inches from the printed page.
20/20 eyesight does not let a parent or teacher know which types of reading errors a child may be making. Also, many standard eye exams are performed in minutes with kids waiting at the end of the line, memorizing the chart. You cannot get a true picture of what really happens when your child reads all day long.
Since most children do not know that other students may see the printed page differently than they do, they may simply feel that they are "dumb" or not smart enough to make the letters stay still or stop changing.
In order to determine the real reason your child struggles to read, it is important to take your child to a developmental optometrist before beginning any vision therapy activity program.
Resources: Take Your Child To A Developmental Optometrist First
A Developmental Optometrist is specially trianed to give a comprehensive eye exam, that relates to both eye health and visual/perceptual/motor and other skills your child needs to learn, read, and even play sports.
You can find one of these specially trained doctors at covd.org or at oepf.org.
If you have an infant, former President Jimmy Carter is the national spokesperson for InfantSee at infantsee.org and recommends that you take your infant, up to 12 months, for a proper vision screening to rule out such things as lazy eye, which if undetected, can lead to something as serious as blindness.
Talk to your doctor and find out whether your child can benefit from vision therapy along with the additional exercises in this kit in between therapy sessions.
Many eye problems are complex, and only your doctor has the specialized training and equipment in the doctor's office to help your child. Once your child has had this exam, many doctors recommend vision therapy or a combination of vision therapy and the vision exercises in the I Read I Succeed ™ Kit. In fact, many parents and teachers have found that they can... turn their child's reading problems around with this home vision therapy kit:
How Vision Therapy Activities Can Help Your Child To Read "At or Above Grade Level" in Just 10 Minutes a Day!
I Read... I Succeed Home Vision Therapy Kit
NOW is exactly the right time to teach your child the visual skills they need to be an excellent reader this school year, and every year from now on.
What Do I Get With the I Read I Succeed Kit?
All activities are individually prescribed for your child based on the boxes you checked on the Free Eye-Q Reading Inventory.
A+ Vision Manual - By Drs. Beth and Greg Gilman (valued at $197.00)
- Over 200 pages of individualized exercises to strengthen your child's entire visual system
- Spiral bound so it is easy to duplicate the pages for additional practice
Eye-Q Reading Inventory™ - By Pat Wyman, M.A. (valued at $49.95)
- 68 Pre and Post test questions to determine whether your child has learning-related vision problems that are interfering with their ability to learning and be an excellent reader
- Discover the learning style your child uses to remember what they read
Eyes On Track Book - By Dr. Kristy Remmick (retails at $21.95)
- Over 116 pages of vision therapy activities to improve your child's eye tracking and vision perception skills
- Fun activities to improve fixation, eye movement, focusing, eye-hand coordination, reading comprehension, directionality, and reversals
Colored Overlays (retails for $29.97)
Overlays can often be a temporary help for children who have head injuries or contrast sensitivity. The vision therapy will correct the underlying visual problems, and these overlays may help ease some of your child's visual stress in the meantime.
- 5 colored overlays which are sheets are used to allow the black ink on the printed page to show through clearly for many children
- These colored overlays may be a great way to help your child's eyes relax while reading or studying for a test!
- Let your child choose the color they like best!
- You get 1 yellow colored overlay, two blue colored overlays and two red overlays.
That's Over $108.92 in Value FREE!
We want to make this program affordable to every family and school.
REMEMBER: Before using any vision exercise program, we highly recommend that you take your child to a developmental optometrist for a comprehensive, vision-related learning exam so you know specifically why your child struggles to read, and to check for any eye-health, or visual perceptual problems.
You can find a doctor who specializes in this type of exam at www.covd.org or www.oep.org. If you have an infant, go to www.infantsee.org to find a doctor and listen to what former President Jimmy Carter has to say about his grandchild, who suffered with a lazy eye that was undetected during the typical eye screenings mentioned above.
Your child is smarter than their grades. Show them how to boost their self-esteem with the same strategies that the A+ students use. Do not wait until later in the year when they might be suffering with learning issues that they can solve today.
Imagine this: Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your child...
Reading a New Book at Every Opportunity
Reading the Newspaper With You?
Reading through Magazines With You?
Loving to read and learn their books in school or homeschool?
Honestly ENJOYING Reading?
Listen to why others are raving about the I Read I Succeed Kit for Excellent Reading
"My son was struggling with reading. He would lose his place and made lots of reversals in both reading and writing. After reading about perceptual problems and vision therapy, I had my son's vision tested by a developmental optometrist. The doctor said his binocular vision (ability to use both eyes together as a team) was at 20% efficiency. I showed the doctor Pat Wyman's Eye-Q Reading Inventory and the I Read I Succeed kit. He said it would help to also use these activities at home. In less than 8 weeks, working only about 10-15 minutes a day, my son's binocular vision re-tested at 80% efficiency! His reading improved dramatically and so did his writing!"
—Kathy Smith, Delton, Michigan
"I Read I Succeed is highly practical and necessary. This material regarding vision screening and reading should be required in teacher preparation courses and given to every parent when they enroll their child in school. Thanks Pat, for promoting such a worthy cause!"
—Donna Morales, Fremont, California
"Thank you for this wonderful, informative resource with your Eye-Q Reading Inventory and information on vision therapy. You've been so generous with your time, speaking with me on the telephone, and building my confidence as a teacher so I can help more students be successful in reading.
With your help, and the practical information on your website, I've been able to tell parents that other children have improved their reading abilities with vision therapy. Then, I can also easily provide them the list of COVD doctors and other developmental optometrists in their area since you also put the COVD and OEP website on your webpage. I know this information will help so many children to succeed in reading."
—Darlene Lerch, Learning Disabilities Teacher,
Chesterfield, VA County Public Schools
"Pat Wyman's program is excellent and I can use it to help my students immediately. I've looked and looked for this information and Pat was not only the one teacher knowledgeable in the area of vision therapy and learning, but also the best! Her ideas are practical, organized, and easy to use!"
Laura Tinney, RSP Teacher
Vision problems are very hidden in the children's world. Our granddaughter had vision therapy after being diagnosed with convergence insufficiency and she is doing well and we see her doing things she didn't even try before. Teachers and parents need to be educated on this vision problem.
Anybody working with children should be aware of this vision problem. Kids get labeled wrongly because of the lack of education of their parents and teachers. Larry Fritzgerald, receiver with the Arizona Cardinals is a big promoter of vision therapy. He had therapy as an elementary student and contributes the therapy to his athletic successes. He, too, was not doing well in school and vision therapy made a difference.
Susan and Steven A., Hastings, MN
Does Your Child Make These 7 Common Reading Errors?
- Skipping lines
- Omitting punctuation
- Changing the order of letters in words
- Knowing the word on one page and not the next
- Seeing the word "a" and calling it "the"
- Inserting words or letters from the line above or below
- Complains of being tired or tries to avoid reading altogether
Does your child have the visual skills required to read correctly?
The Free Eye-Q Reading Inventory™ will help you determine whether your child's reading problems result from undetected problems in the basic visual skills essential for reading and many other activities.
Weaknesses in any one area may interfere with academic progress and the child's ability to reach his or her full potential. Vision Therapy activities can help.
Give your child the Free Eye-Q Reading Inventory™ to determine what is actually happening when your child reads. Find out how your child feels when reading and make sure to listen and record your child when reading the passage in the Free Eye-Q Reading Inventory.
Even if you did not check any of the Pre-Test boxes on the Free Eye-Q Reading Inventory, the American Optometric Association recommends that you take your child for a comprehensive, learning-related vision exam. You can find a doctor at www.covd.org, www.oep.org or www.infantsee.org. Then, ask your doctor whether your child can benefit from the vision therapy exercises found in:
I Read... I Succeed® Vision Therapy for Excellent Reading Comprehension
Order the I Read I Succeed Home Vision Therapy Kit program now
for only $189.95!
I encourage you to call me personally with any questions or comments. I am here to help you and your child experience the success they deserve. Call me at (707) 837-8180. Remember to have your child examined by a developmental optometrist before beginning any vision exercises.
P.S. I Read I Succeed Life-time Guarantee Over the past 25 years, I've personally helped thousands of children with undetected vision problems.
In fact, when my own daughter was asked to repeat the first grade due to reading problems and I did not know why, I discovered that her visual skills were very weak and that she had trouble tracking from line to line.
Once she finished her vision therapy, she could read above her grade level, and today, she fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a medical doctor. She is a neo-natologist helping sick infants.
For well over 20 years, from the time vision therapy changed her life, I became a "mother on a mission" to help every child read at or above grade level and discover vision therapy.
I collaborated with several developmental optometrists and put together the I Read... I Succeed® kit.
The exercises in this vision therapy kit have shown many children exactly how to strengthen their vision skills and taught them to enjoy reading.
The I Read I Succeed guarantee is this: After taking your child to a developmental optometrist and using this program with your child or student, (with their permission as homework activities) I expect that you will see a dramatic improvement in their reading ability.
If you do as your developmental optometrist recommends, and it includes using the I Read I Succeed Kit, giving this program a fair and honest try for 12-15 weeks, if you do not see improvement, call me and I will write you a check on the spot.
I Read... I Succeed® can improve the life of every child who has difficulty reading due to under-developed vision skills. In the process, your child will become happier, learn more confidently, and you can expect a calmer home life when using the exercises in vision therapy.
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