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headshot2a-200x300Helping Every Child to Read recently hosted a live Q+A session with a vision therapy expert from the US, Dr Joel Warshowsky.

Dr Warshowsky wrote an article about ‘the misdiagnosed child’, and then opened up the floor for questions that were submitted electronically.

Here are some of the questions that were asked, linked to his answers. Please feel free to hop on over to the site to check out all of the action!

  • I have been recommended to try behavioral optometry for my 7 year old who is having some difficulty learning to read. At the moment we don’t have the money for an assessment. Can you recommend any exercises or tests we can do at home?
  • My 10 year old daughter’s eye-tracking recording did show erratic eye movement during the reading a paragraph. What is the path to corrected eye-tracking? Even with Vision Therapy, will there always be a struggle, or have these therapy techniques been proven to give successful results up to a normal range?
  • A Behavioral Optometrist has recommended we do the Brock string test with my 7yr old son, but we are struggling with it. Should i be getting resistance from him to do it? Can it hurt/strain the eyes?

Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for Morgan Learning, and helps to manage the non-profit Helping Every Child to Read (HECTR). Morgan Learning runs Easyread, an online course designed to help a child with dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, or poor reading ability get back on track with literacy.

HECTR is a parent-rated community site that provides resources and recommendations for struggling readers.