Autism and glasses

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Autism and glasses

Postby cuteelf » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:44 pm

So, I thought I should share my story. Mostly, because it might help other parents in the same boat. My son was diagnosed with Autism at age 2, since then we've seen therapists, specialists, and other individuals in order to try to provide what's best for him. I got a lot of negativity from other people (who because I'm polite shall remain nameless) but still had faith in my son and tried to do what's best for him. It took a while but he started speaking more and even interacted a bit with other kids his age. He loved it when I would read books to him, and so when he started having problems reading I thought it might be since his speech developed late and at times he still doesn't pronounce things correctly. I also thought there was a possibility of dyslexia, since I knew that it ran on both sides of the family.
Talking to his teacher and understanding myself a bit about teaching someone with dyslexia how to read we used many visuals and other things to try to get my son to understand. Still, it didn't work. I was puzzled at first, then like I often do I would ask him to read one page of a book and I noticed when he was trying to focus on the words his eyes would go inward, more then they should. I started to wonder if he was able to see the words correctly and decided to have his vision checked. Sure enough he was diagnosed with esophoria (a type of lazy eye), a condition which can cause vision problems such as double vision and makes it difficult to focus. One doctor recommended vision therapy, another said to help the problem immediately to use bifocals and see what to do from there. My six year old currently wears bifocals, we're hoping this will help him in reading and writing (he did so before having them but was struggling because he said his eyes hurt). He's having problems getting use to wearing glasses all the time (any help with this would be appreciated). He doesn't like the way they feel. Still, his education is important and he needs to be able to see correctly in order to read.

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Re: Autism and glasses

Postby jaumeb » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:31 am

I read a similar story in the book "no map to this country".

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Re: Autism and glasses

Postby DC1346 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:29 pm

Have you considered the possibility of contact lenses?

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