Success Despite Labels: People said, "Dumb", "Stupid", etc.
... his self image was not all that great; he would put himself down a lot, saying things like "I'm dumb, stupid, I can't understand anything." [More]
Reading was a chore that often ended in tears and with the words, "I'm so stupid." [More]
Then came testing time and lo and behold, my son's test scores had jumped over 60 points. But not only that, he scored well above his age level in many areas.[More]
They feel "dumb, stupid" etc., because they ... do not realize that it is the visual processing that is creating the problem.[More]
I was amazed when he brought his report card home. Kids called him "dummy" at school; they have stopped now.[More]
Before Vision Therapy, she would come home crying that she was stupid, dumb and would say she had no friends. ... we were blessed to find an optometrist who cared. Now, Chelsey comes home from school with a smile and is excited to tell me about her day.[More]
Visual therapy has been a major blessing in this house. My son, Peter, has benefited so much ... He no longer says, "I can't,.".. I'm stupid, .".. "I'm a retard." [More]
The school psychologist tested him and found him to be five points above functionally retarded ... she said that they had to base their testing on the child's ability to read and write. ... We knew that we had a very bright child on our hands ... at the beginning of first grade, Dusty was testing out on a fourth grade level in science and social studies, but was on a pre-school level for math and reading.[More]
To quote him, "I don't want people thinking I'm dumb." [More]
It has helped [our child's] self-esteem to know that she isn't "stupid" and ... this is a problem we can fix.[More]
Jeffrey's comment was, "I knew I wasn't stupid." [More]
... he [is] ... rarely feeling discouraged - and always appreciating that he was not "stupid", but simply needed to complete ... tasks. [More]
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I believe that Jason has shown improvement in his self confidence and the way he thinks about himself. Before Vision Therapy, his self image was not all that great; he would put himself down a lot, saying things like "I'm dumb, stupid, I can't understand anything." This has changed. He seems to be a lot happier with his achievements. Before the therapy, he could not focus for long periods of time, now his concentration has improved.
J.D. has made remarkable progress in many areas of his life since beginning Vision Therapy. He is much calmer and self confident. Last year, his third-grade year, was very difficult and frustrating to him and his parents. Reading was a chore that often ended in tears and with the words, "I'm so stupid." In contrast, after six weeks of Vision Therapy, J.D. said "Mom, you can skip my allowance this week, just take me to Bookworld."
When my son Josef first came to the Vision Therapy program, he scored very low on the IQ test. This made us very concerned. During Vision Therapy, we worked with him and at first we could not appreciate any change. Then came testing time and lo and behold, my son's test scores had jumped over 60 points. But not only that, he scored well above his age level in many areas. I still can't believe it. Dr. X and his Vision Therapy program is a Godsend. I am confident that my son will do well at Yeshiva this year!
Before therapy, J.R's handwriting was very difficult to read. Now, his ability to focus on the individual letters, as well as the overall word, has improved both his reading and writing.
My son Cody has shown great improvement in school since he started vision therapy. I was amazed when he brought his report card home. He reads much more fluently now. Cody used to fight with me every night because he didn't want to do his homework. It usually took him 2 to 3 hours every night to get his school work done (if I got him to do it). He avoided reading and writing at all costs. But now he comes home from school and does his homework right away with no arguments.
As of the 7th session of vision therapy, we have noticed a big change in our daughter, not only mentally but physically and emotionally. She is not down on herself like she was before. Before Vision Therapy, she would come home crying that she was stupid, dumb, and would say she had no friends.
Dear Dr. X,
When we came to your office we were basically at our wit's
end. We knew that we had a very bright child on our hands
and we were completely frustrated with the school system.
Here was a child who at the age of four wanted to be a paleontologist
-- not an archaeologist -- and who knew the meaning of and
difference between the two. By kindergarten we had checked
out just about every book in the library for him pertaining
to dinosaurs and then had to read and suffer through the pronunciations
of their names. The school psychologist (who, in our opinion,
is in need of evaluation herself) tested him and found him
to be five points above functionally retarded. Mind you, at
the beginning of first grade, Dusty was testing out on a fourth
grade level in science and social studies, but was on a pre-school
level for math and reading. When questioned as to how she
came to her findings, she said that they had to base their
testing on the child's ability to read and write. So, more
or less, if little Johnny can't see and you ask him to point
out the letter R, is he retarded? If little Janie, has no
arms and you ask her to point to the number nine, is she retarded
when she can't perform the task at hand? After having wasted
the first two years of his schooling by listening to these
mental midgets we had enough when they wanted to put him in
a class with three Down's syndrome children, two autistic
children and several "attention deficit" children.
Dustin has always been a very social and caring child, but he did have a tendency to shy away from or withdraw from games that he felt challenged by. Recognizing his weakness, he would try to change the activities being done, so that no one would see his shortcomings. If other children were reading, he would say, "That's a dumb book. We should be out playing on a nice day." Or if another child asked him to read something, he would tell them to figure it for themselves and then walk away rather than admit that he could not do it. To quote him, "I don't want people thinking I'm dumb."
When Jeffrey began therapy, he had just completed a very traumatic 2nd grade year in school. He was "labeled" as a non-reader and low achiever in spite of his curiosity level and advanced vocabulary and word usage. His self-esteem was very low. Upon discovering Jeffrey's vision problem and after conversing with Dr. X, Jeffrey's comment was, "I knew I wasn't stupid."
Today, Alex reads at grade level, reads for pleasure and writes legibly. And while he continues to work at mastering reading and writing, we are confident that the skills he now possesses will permit him to keep up with his studies - and excel in the classroom. With your guidance, he has maintained a positive attitude toward therapy-rarely feeling discouraged-and always appreciating that he was not "stupid", but simply needed to complete some tasks set before him to improve his schoolwork. Alex now has the skills he needs to succeed in school, and we are certain that your therapy has been the most important factor in his improved skills.
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