an angry therapist…
In researching some information late last night for another blog post I’m writing, I came across a disturbing and pretty jaded article that was written by a woman in 2004 identifying herself only as a parent and a graduate of The Athenian School. In her “About Me” section, she offers the following statement as part of a larger description:
Skepticism and Education: Someone I know well has a specific learning disability (dyslexia). In the course of helping her become a reader and a scholar, I’ve found a great many “treatments” that have no basis in evidence. There are also fads in education, such as whole language, that damage students. I write about both.
Sometime in 2004, Vision Therapy was in her cross hairs as she not only trounced VT’s efficacy claiming Developmental Optometry is an overpriced dog and pony show, but decided to take specific aim on a few individuals within our profession. Since I’m not interested in promoting her message, nor am I interested in putting ridiculous behavior like this center stage, I’m deliberately not to linking to her article in this post. If anyone is interested in reading it, contact me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the link. Interestingly though, one of her cohorts (a.k.a commentors) in trying to agree with her writing, unwittingly proved many of her points false. He wrote:
Neurological changes can occur. . .but only from speech therapy, auditory therapy, vestibular therapy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and motor therapy. Curiously, the visual system is only system that remains immune to any attempted change by any so-called “vision therapy.” The visual system is not trainable!!!!
Excuse you? You’re criticizing Doctors of Optometry because you’re well versed in what area?
Ok, breathe deep and relax.
If the body can learn and improve from Speech Therapy, Auditory Therapy, Vestibular Therapy (OT for balance), Physiotherapy, Psychotherapy and Motor Therapy (OT for core muscles) can someone please explain how vision has become immune to this thinking? Vision Therapy works on vision just like all the other modalities address their respective target areas. Proven fact.
Here’s an idea for these naysayers, show me the double blind study that proves Vision Therapy doesn’t work? Can they demonstrate in a research and data format that our treatment can be classified as a failure? Nope, because no such study exists. You’d think if they were as passionately concerned as they claim to be, perhaps by now someone would be inclined to prove once and for all that Vision Therapy doesn’t deliver. The talk of double blind studies and burdens of proof, a pedestal most Vision Therapy naysayers enjoy shouting from as they claim Vision Therapy has no medical foundation or research based data to prove it’s efficacy, works both ways. We can prove VT works, can they prove it doesn’t?
Developmental Optometry has the research and data demonstrating the efficacy of Vision Therapy. For those who continue to claim Vision Therapy is a bunch of smoke and mirrors with no real benefit, please put your money where your research hungry mouth is…