The probable solution for her? Bifocals! Apparently they aren’t just for old, tired eyes.
Honestly, my eyesight is only mildly near sighted, just enough to cause me to notice it. I have glasses, but rarely wear them, so I am no expert on what it’s like to be near sighted. Near sightedness is very dominant in my husband’s immediate family, so I probably should have been more prepared to have a child with it.
In March, Rachael began wearing bifocals and it has helped quite a bit. She reads and writes far more and much more easily than before, her handwriting has improved tremendously, and she finds it much easier to concentrate when reading and writing. We are still working on a few things, but I believe they are bad habits she developed to cope with not being able to read as well as she wanted.
I had another epiphany today and noticed a difference within minutes of implementing it. What did I do? I created a line tracker for her to use.
I have no idea why I didn’t think of this before, but I am grateful I finally did! I may end up purchasing one that is a translucent to allow her to read ahead to the first word of the next line, but for now, this piece of cardstock will work fine.
We will keep working on correcting her bad habits and assessing her abilities, because there is also the possibility she will need vision therapy. I am encouraged by the results we are seeing and the hard work she is putting in and don’t think she will end up needing vision therapy, but I am thankful it’s an option should the need arise.