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Funding For Vison Therapy?

Funding For Vison Therapy?

How do I address that is a medical issue and the brain is what is making the eyes malfunction?

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Irlen syndorme is different than vision therapy... She has a gray overlay from a screening we did at our therapist. I have a close friend that her child can read from vision therapy, it does not completely get rid of dyslexia it helps with the symptoms but they are completely different, her tests from vision motorskills tests are extensive test which the insurance covered. It's called "Motor skills Vision Test" Jasmine is a gifted Iceskater and has no other delays. When she was held back in kindergarden she was confusing all kinds of letters and numbers. I was not familiar with dyslexia then because my older boy had Autism. In autism you are liable to confuse letters and had echoliala. She was almost put on medication for adhd because of her brother but she had no behaviors to control to concentrate in reading. She was diagnosed with "reading and reading comprehension disease" She does not have nor need glasses due to recent testing. She learned the axle jump in 4 weeks. I withdrew her from school almost 2 years ago because she was getting bullied by the teacher and students! I was not going to fight the military schools and wait until she got treated worse. She reads at a 3rd grade level and attends reading therapy twice a week. Iceskating lessons 3Xa week. She is 12 and her math level is 6th grade has no problem with fractions but we worked really hard for her not to flip numbers. She loves math and plays minecraft with gymnastics once a week! I have hear the same thing about vision therapy but the test she was given was able to track her eye movement with lasers and shows you exactly what her eyes do!... Like which words she skips and how she starts, skipping lines and words. How the dolch words are where she gets stock at. It showed exactly what she actually read and it made no sense so how would she understand anything she is taking 5Xto read! And not to understand it. The test covered 5th grade, 3rd grade, 1st grade reading material! I watched her read in front of me and saw first hand what her pupils where doing. I am a disabled vet that went to college and has 2 other children with autism, breakthrough science is there but it is new and I know first hand success! from 8 years ago! This is fairly new and easy to disregard but the evidence is all there and if I will be stuck in the past and narrow minded because that is what some old school researchers are well I should give up on her? NEVER! Just like with new physical therapies! Now reading therapies! at speech centers which she does! That is new! Diet intervention that is helping my toddler! I cannot turn away on this much evidence. Every case is different and so is mine and I know she will benefit from it. I have done my research and the benefits outweight well anything! This vision therapy is new in my town... and insurance will reduce their fees. When it becomes more popular then insurance will kick in but in a near by town was covered...Yoga used to be taboo and everyone does it now and I did for physical therapy! I even grew an inch! I cannot deny my child this. I would like positive feedback. I welcome any feedback. This will not stop me. The insurance emailed me back and said they were working on it.

posted about 10 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I have a page to help with insurance tips here http://pursuitofresearch.org/2012/07/10/insuran... Mainly it's for speech issues but it's all the same advice -and it's all in the coding.

posted about 10 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

In my town is fairly new and they do not take insurance because they do not want insurance to reduce their fees and whatever...

posted about 10 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

LisaGeng...I got the testing covered! I got the codes before hand and got the optometrist office to stop trying to charge me for a vision test she needed when I had it covered. I am familiar with codes and my other two children get ABA, OT, and X2.Speech! I am in communication with my supplemental insurance representative and I need to prove the benefit from the therapy will help my daughter read? I want to find someone that has done it? This is tricky and wording is key especially when the therapy place does not take insurance and wants 5,000 up front?

posted about 10 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

What is the medical issue? Just curious if you are talking about those overlays?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has found no benefit to vision therapy - Irlen Colored Overlays Do not Alleviate Reading Difficulties
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/1... Evidence shows vision therapy does not benefit children with dyslexia
AAP News 2010; 31:19; doi:10.1542/aapnews(Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators)
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/31/5...

edited, originally posted about 10 years ago
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