1. wynne snell
    July 2, 2018 @ 11:29 am

    I truly believe you are changing everything and that young boy will as well. You give a heart and a voice to autism and Jack is a better young man because of you and your family.


  2. Stephs Two Girls
    July 2, 2018 @ 4:16 pm

    Interesting… I took our autistic girl to the optician recently and whilst her sight was perfect, she could only read half a row of letters before her brain seemed to jump all over the place!


  3. GP
    July 3, 2018 @ 5:07 pm

    When our child did not enjoy reading on her own, we found that reading to her went a long way. Maybe you could read to Jack every night while he looks at the book with you. I think that reading to one’s child can be a really fun way for the child to learn about grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure. It also is a great way to discuss the main theme or message of a book.

    Since Jack seems to be interested in Disney movies, he may enjoy the Disney junior novelizations, like for Frozen or Coco. Also, the Dan Gutman ‘Weird School’ series is an absolutely wonderful, over-the-top series for the reluctant reader. It is funny and a good way to learn to recognize when someone is joking and exaggerating for fun as opposed to “lying.” My daughter used to have a lot of trouble seeing the gray zone between truth and lies (technically jokes are “lies” if they do not reflect the truth).

    Also, I found that getting e-books/Kindle on the IPad is a great way to adjust the font and the contrast of the text, which may help prevent letters from blending together.


  4. GP
    July 3, 2018 @ 6:41 pm

    I found a really helpful PowerPoint on classroom and reading accommodations for visual challenges, including strabismus. They include such topics as seating and strategies to reduce visual crowding such as a window reader, text columns, and font type and font size. They mention magnification paper to increase font size (should be around 18).

    Also described is the use of lined paper in horizontal layout to add numbers within columns, which was eye-opening! They also discuss visual breaks, use of “fat” pencils, and bold colors to increase contrast as visual aides to improve not only reading but also writing.

    I like that these are easy and practical ways that could really help someone with strabismus right away. I bet there is even more.



  5. Molly
    July 6, 2018 @ 7:45 am

    Love this.


  6. barbsright
    July 6, 2018 @ 9:50 am


  7. Tabitha O’Connor
    July 9, 2018 @ 9:53 am

    Our son was 14 when we finally discovered he has Irlen Syndrome. This causes words to move around on the page. Black text on white paper seems to be the worst for him. I never suspected anything was wrong because he loved to read pleasure books. Publishers use cream colored paper for pleasure books.
    They seem to use flat white for text books. So many things to keep track of and make guesses at. You are doing an amazing job!


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