Dr. Jesley Johnson was very attentive and thorough in explaining the results of our son's vision therapy tests. She not only remembered specific details from a previous conversation--when she took time to call me at home--but thoughtfully considered how we could make the treatment protocol more palatable for a 14- year-old teen. And she was even willing to up the incentive program to persuade him to do his home exercises. Whether incorporating his interest in guitar or appealing to his optimal learning style, she wanted to make the experience as beneficial as possible. She was concerned about about his academic needs and past struggles and genuinely seemed vested in his future success with reading, which was never a favorite activity of his.
It was a relief to be in capable hands, between her and her equally enthusiastic and personable assistant, Jodi. After years of hearing your son is "fine," in school, only to learn that he had very legitimate struggles for which he was compensating for years, made me realize how much harder he has to work to accomplish what comes naturally for other kids. With therapy, we hope that we can train his neuropathways to make both eyes track, converge, and work as a team, so he is not seeing letters double when he reads up close. It was helpful that she had my husband and I look through a prism to see how our son's eyes track off course, and how he saw five circles where we saw see four. And she took time to test him a short time later to verify her findings, as the results were quite different once his eyes began to fatigue.
Dr. Johnson is an excellent resource and cheerleader to have on your team. She is not out to sell you on a costly program, but is motivated by her desire to help kids. And she outlines payment plans for families for whom the cost might be a hardship. We look forward to working with her and Jodi, the vision therapist, to see what gains will be made in his vision and reading comprehension.