Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hubby Goes to Therapy

Hubby had the day off and decided to go to  therapy with me.  Hubby is just a child at heart so he loves to relive his youth.  So off we go over hill and dale to Amish country for our first appointment in vision therapy.
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We drove out and had a nice simple lunch at Achenbachs.  Managed not to get into the delicious donuts and pastries.  Then went off to therapy.  Hubby wasn't sure about some of his vision so one of the therapist decided to give him a quick check.

While he was getting his eye exam, I put on prism lenses and worked with shapes and tried to match them to designs.  I am pretty good at that.  There were only two where I needed to line them up on the paper; but otherwise, I got all of them.

Then, I did a visual reasoning exercise where I matched up shapes.  Did real well on that one and only missed two.

Worked with flippers a bit.

Also I did the HTS program on the computer and worked with "pursuits" on  the spinning and bouncing ball exercises.  You chase the spinning/bouncing ball with a box.  I improved a lot over November and got 99% correct.  I also worked with the frog and did my base in/ base out exercises.  Not so much improvement there.   Actually, I had regressed a little.  Oh well.

Then I played a game with hubby.  We played a cross between chinese checkers and battleship.  I was mean and was beating hubby.  But hubby got on his feet quickly.   We were quite competitive.  I felt good about beating my husband as he is quite good visually spatially.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Organizing a Divergent Mind

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As a gifted adult, I find myself extremely divergent. I have a plethora of ideas and projects running through my mind, and I enjoy creating and brainstorming. I can expand on these ideas exponentially, ad infinitum…and none of them achieve completion in the real world. As well, “minor,” mundane tasks, such as signing my son up for fall football or charting my daughter’s occupational therapy activities, can flit in and out of my brain at the speed of light, never getting done.

So far, everything I really need to do gets done. But I find this existence a little stressful, and sometimes I wonder if I could accomplish more and feel more at peace if I became more organized. Now as you can probably tell, “more organized” isn’t that high of an expectation around here. I’ve learned that I will never become an organization maven. My brain isn’t built that way. Checklists and day-at-a-time organizers don’t move me. Instead, anyone who knows me knows how I love stickie notes. I come alive brainstorming projects when I post colorful small stickie notes to gigantic stickie notes adhered to my wall.

This method, while fun and life-giving, has its limitations. I have only so much wall space, I can’t pack my walls in my purse with me when I hit the road, and it can lead to a cluttered feel instead of a clean, clear one.

While I imagine I will always carry on a love affair with stickie notes, today I’ve decided to find some fun online ways to organize myself. I’ve heard wonderful things about This is a program you can find online and download onto your computer to create notebooks for projects and to-do lists. You can also upload photos from your phone or camera, and Evernote will make any text in them searchable. As well, you can gather links and pdf files in one place. One mom told me she keeps recipes, activity schedules, and her husband’s travel itineraries in Evernote. These items are not only kept on your computer but online, so you can access them from any computer or your mobile phone. Sounds like a mobile brain to me! Today I created a notebook for a new role I’m adopting. I’ve had ideas for this role swirling through my brain, and I just dumped all those ideas into Evernote. Now I can think up even more!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Update on Vision Therapy 2/17/2012

My vision is doing better than what I last reported.  Maybe I just needed a week to settle into the new lenses  I got a retest on the Worth 4 Dot and with my new prism lenses I am doing much better.  I can do all the cards except the last two.  Yay!!!

I can do most of the clown  vectogram.  My therapists gave me a quoit (lasso) vectogram to take home and I can do it all with polarized glasses!

We worked with flippers again.  I am getting good at a lot of the games and we are running out of challenges.   I worked with some hand eye coordination and I am a bit slow on it, though.

Dr S wants me to work on vision in space.  So we will be doing other exercises.

I have also started doing RevitalVision at home.  Will blog more on this later.

Sorry about not blogging much lately but I have been really tired.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Living Large

As she talked, I reflected on how gifted people are like this. We were created to live large. We possess all these overexcitabilities, intensity, energy, enthusiasm, humor, creativity, and charisma. We were born to command attention when we enter a room!
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Yet how many of us do? For whatever reasons, many of us have made ourselves small, trying to cram ourselves into society’s prescribed box. Or if we just can’t help drawing attention with our entrances, we try to deflect the spotlight as soon as possible. Still others of us have said “talk to the hand” to society, continuing to be our full selves but removed entirely from anyone who might witness us. This, too, is a way we’re small, even invisible.

Gifted people were born to live large. YOU were born to live large! I double-dog dare you–nay, TRIPLE-DOG DARE you–to find what’s standing in the way of you throwing the door open, waving your hands in the air, and announcing “I’m here! Now the party can start!” the next time you enter a room. There’s only one person on this planet like you, and we enjoy you. So, please, for the rest of humanity, live large!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tutorial: Binocular Vision

Binocular vision is one of the hallmarks of the human race that has bestowed on it the supremacy in the hierarchy of the animal kingdom. It is an asset with normal alignment of the two eyes, but becomes a liability when the alignment is lost.

Binocular Single Vision may be defined as the state of simultaneous vision, which is achieved by the coordinated use of both eyes, so that separate and slightly dissimilar images arising in each eye are appreciated as a single image by the process of fusion. Thus binocular vision implies fusion, the blending of sight from the two eyes to form a single percept.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

If Thy Eye Offends Thee, Pluck It Out

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. "

-- Matthew 5:29-30

Apologies to the right eye, as it is innocent, I think.   But, it's my left eye that should be plucked out so that my whole body isn't cast into hell.  However, I am on a tear and may just want to pluck out both eyes for good measure.

I'm so annoyed with the  *%#*!!! left eye that I could just yank it out, throw it on the floor and kick it around like a soccer ball. 

I just got my new prism lens for my left eye:  1.5 diopter base down.  I got purple frames and was planning a glorious post on the joys of purple prisms.  I was imagining that I would be ascending into the glories of 3 dimensional vision and saying good bye to flat land.  But, alack and alas, it was not to be. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

What You See Is What You Hit | Help ADD with Vision Therapy

Good athletes generally have sharper vision than poor athletes. The question is: Can athletes improve their vision? A local optometrist says they can.

John Palumbo rested his chin on a bar and fixed his eyes on a red cross at the center of a screen in front of him. For the moment, the red cross is all that is visible. The rest of the screen is the dark night of the soul. But presently little dots of light begin to flash on and off at random points on the screen. The dots flash in his “peripheral fields,” above and below the red cross on which Palumbo has been told to keep his gaze fixed, and to the left and right. Each time Palumbo sees one of the stars of light flicker on, he pushes a button. Meanwhile, the computer inside the machine prints a graph of his responses.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Only Time

Who can say
where the road goes
where the day flowsonly time
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Trying to get ahold of that elusive, evasive, effluent called Time. 

Did more time management work in occupational therapy with Wilma.  I decided on a mix of Toodledo and Iphone/Ipad calendars.  I think one of the things that has been screwing me up is that there is a difference between Planning and Scheduling.  

Toodledo 1
Toodledo App
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Planning gets lists of things to do.  Scheduling lays them out.  I have been trying to do both of them at the same time and doing none too successfully.

So I am hatching a new scheme.  I am using Toodledo app on the iPhone to enter tasks on the fly when I am running around and the Toodledo app on the iPad to bulk enter tasks.  I could do Toodledo on the web via my Mac if I chose but I am moving away from the Mac except for bulk tasks or w
riting my blog. Toodledo stores its data on a website so I can keep the iPhone and iPad in sync automatically.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Prime Yourself to Prescribe Prism

Good overview of how to prescribe prism lenses:

Prism can be very useful when treating patients with symptomatic binocular vision disorders, but opinions vary widely about how to best determine the amount to prescribe. Indeed, common methods for determining prismatic prescriptions can result in different magnitudes of recommended prism for the same patient. This lack of consensus, along with rough guidelines and apparently contradictory rules of thumb, may make some clinicians uncomfortable prescribing prismand may even deter them for doing so.

Strabismus and Mental Health

There's some interesting studies done correlating strabismus, a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

 According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, Children with exotropia (eyes pointing outwards) were 3.1 times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder than were control subjects when monitored to a mean age of 20.3 years. Children with esotropia (eyes pointing inwards) were no more likely to develop mental illness than were control subjects when monitored for similar periods. Patients with intermittent exotropia also were significantly more likely to have greater numbers of mental health disorders, mental health emergency department visits, and mental health hospitalizations and to have suicidal or homicidal ideation.

Depression not otherwise specified, ADHD, adjustment disorder, illicit drug use, and alcoholism were the 5 most common types of disorders. Although depression was similarly prevalent among case and control subjects, dysthymia and major depression were more common among subjects with strabismus than among control subjects. ADHD, adjustment disorder, drug use, major depression, and learning disorders were all more prevalent among children with exotropia, compared with control subjects, whereas eating disorders were the only significantly increased group of disorders among children with esotropia.

Movement analysis in infancy may be useful for early diagnosis of autism

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Very useful article about spotting autism very early in infants and children.  Autistic children showed  movement disturbances that could be detected clearly at the age of 4–6 months, and sometimes ev
en at birth.  Disturbances such as shape of the mouth and in some or all of the milestones of development, including, lying, righting, sitting, crawling, and walking were noted by observers.

Movement disorders in autism are the subject of much controversy.  While most autistic persons are unimpaired with finger dexterity and gross motor skills and have in fact been often been described as particularly dextrous and coordinated,  autistic children between the ages of 3 and 10 walk somewhat like Parkinsonian adults in that they walk more slowly than normal, with shorter steps.

The article linked to below describes and analysis of some of the arrested development in autism.