Notice anything odd about this picture.
Here we see just one example of Caleb's schooling challenges.
His eyes do not converge.
It is actually very odd to watch.
He really thinks both eyes are looking at this, then we cover the right one and he is trying to figure out where it went!
Interestingly I think in most cases you would at some point see two if your eyes were doing this, he says he never sees two.
I am not a specialist or anything, just a mom trying to figure things out, but the way I understand this, is that if his eyes are struggling to converge he will have trouble focusing on words on the page because both eyes are not looking at the same place.
Hence he starts reading OK and struggles more and more as his eyes get tired.
He also struggles keeping place on the page.
He says the words jump off the page towards him.
So we have started some basic eye training with him at home with the cute pencil and lots of one eye at a time.
We are also using the Brain Integration Therapy by Dianne Craft, we have not been doing it long enough to tell whether it is working.
We will also be starting to integrate some of the exercises from Eye Can Learn in the next week.
I am thankful that I am a veteran at the homeschooling thing, or I would have decided a long time ago that I was not cut out for this.
An example with Caleb it that due to his
1) Auditory Processing Disorder he does not learn well by hearing
2) Visual Processing differences (not formally diagnosed) he does not learn well by seeing
3) Attention differences (also not formally diagnosed) he does not learn well by doing
4) PTSD (also not formally diagnosed) he does not do well with getting things incorrect or being corrected, which is all part of school and learning.
I am so thankful for the support of my husband, family, friends and therapist that keep us going on this long road.
He does seem to be doing better overall with the changes we have made this year. I will post more on the full curriculum later, but for now, it is off to school and he will be commandeering my computer for the next 4 hours!