School teacher, Kelly, tells us about her experience with Vision Therapy
My name is Kelly, I am a primary school teacher and am newly trained in the area of vision therapy. I have spent the last couple of months working in the vision therapy room under the guidance of Dr Dave and his team, whilst Berri has been away on long service leave. My experiences here have been truly eye-opening. I have had the pleasure of working with dedicated parents, resilient children and well-trained professionals in this area who have transformed my thinking and deepened my understanding of the importance of vision in the social, educational and behavioural development of children.
As a teacher, I am well aware of the fact that more than 80 per cent of a student’s learning is through vision and thus we are in a unique position to assist with the detection of vision problems. However, prior to my training I was unaware of the signs to look our for. Not paying attention in class, low concentration levels, reading difficulties, being withdrawn socially, not getting along with other children and poor sporting abilities may all be signs that a student is experiencing vision problems.
Working in the VT room, I have witnessed and received feedback from parents and teachers regarding the dramatic positive improvements in different areas of their child’s development. From concentration levels, improvements in reading and writing and for me, what I see to be as most transformative is the rise in self esteem and self efficacy as the students work hard and see the improvements within themselves.
As one parent described it ‘His intelligence was not aligned with how he was behaving and now it is as if a light switch has been turned on. His behaviour has improved, he has jumped reading levels and socially he is not as frustrated as he used to be’.
As my time here comes to an end I will take with me my experiences and ensure that I instill what I have learned into the classrooms and of course, the staffrooms! Berri returns on Monday 10th September after her whirlwind trip, with new insight not only from her African safari experience, Olympic spectating and adventuring through Spain, but I hear she managed to fit in a few highly regarded VT training courses as well!
All the best, Kelly
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