In this section contains 26 "Success Stories" of
former Cook Vision Therapy Center patients. The stories mention such topics
as reading, attention, grades, headaches, homework battles, poor self
esteem, coordination, crossed eyes, golf, and tennis. To find the stories
that pertain to yourself or your child, us the numbered headings below,
which provide one-line descriptions of the success stories that follow.
- "Our child has been freed to be
who she is and to develop to her fullest potential."
- "We had her tutored every yearsummer,
fall or both some years."
- "She entered vision therapy a pretty
demoralized little girl, feeling that there was something wrong with
- "Homework is no longer a dreaded
deed . . . I no longer hear the words 'I'm Stupid.'"
- "The first year we have not had
to schedule numerous parent-teacher conferences."
- "I was extremely skeptical about
the therapy actually working."
- "Jason came to vision therapy without
the ability to copy simple shapes and figures."
- "Two years in kindergarten without
learning the entire alphabet."
- "A sweating, face-to-the-page, eye-crossing
- "No more spills and tumbles!"
- "You are so smart; why don't you
apply yourself better?"
- "My eye would always become lazy
and turn in."
- "Embarrassed" by a wandering eye.
- "Not as tired when she comes home
- "Golf" Improvements
- "Severe headaches daily"Adult
- "Watching Less TV"
- Tennis"I had begun to fear
being hit in the face with the ball."
- "Ricky's grades have gone up from
C's and F's to all A's, except one B+."
- "Jonathan has become an eager and
- "The teachers were telling me how
lazy Zach was."
- "We were very much in doubt that
anything would work"
- "She was being tested for Attention
- "He no longer needs his Ritalin."
- "His teachers felt he exhibited
signs of ADD."
- Adult reading gains "not calculable
"Since Vision Therapy ended [18 months before] April has just bloomed!
She now has the confidence and coordination to participate in sportstennis
is her favorite. Her coach calls her 'Dead-eye April,' meaning she's
right on the mark! Before V.T. she couldn't follow a ball to hit it
or run without falling down. Her reading, spelling and overall schoolwork
has tremendously improved. Her self-esteem and determination are great.
Her attitude is so much more positive. Now she figures problems our
and how to succeed, whereas before V.T. she was almost defeated before
she began. My husband and I feel like our child has been freed to be
who shis is and to develop to her fullest potential."
"Dana had a terrible time with reading, which resulted in trouble with
every subject. We had her vision checked a number of times with the
diagnosis 20/20. We had her tutored every yearsummer, fall or both
some years. Her self confidence was getting worse with every year that
went by. Through a friend we heard of vision therapy and I called for
an appt. I finally felt that we had found the answer to a problem that
never had a name. She has had dramatic improvements in Math, Reading,
all subjects. Her memory has improvedno more studying for days before
a test. Her self confidence has grown by the day. Thank you so much!
I tell everyone ab out vision therapy and Dana's success."
"Torrie's progress has been dramatic! She came in barely able to put
letters on a straight line and now she has such control over her handwriting
that it looks as if it were professionally printed! She also has no
more headaches or hand cramps. Her math scores have also risen sharplyand
she is able to complete her assignments in half the time. She is even
beginning to do some recreational reading on her own. All of these changes
have led to her feeling much more confident about her abilities-to the
point that she told her teacher she 'loved school.' She entered vision
therapy a pretty demoralized little girl, feeling that there was "something
wrong with her." She is now back to her old out-going self. It has been
like night and day.
"We had really run the gamut of specialists from learning specialists
to doctors of every sort. I came here wanting to be hopeful, but feeling
very skeptical. I am convincedand very grateful."
Alan's schoolwork has improved so much that he is enjoying going to
school. He now has the confidence to sit and read a book. School grades
have improved. Homework is no longer a dreaded deed, in fact he does
most of his work at school now, and has little to bring home. His self
confidence has risen greatly. I no longer hear the words, "I'm stupid"
or "I'm a dummy." He has also improved in sports. Alan has a much more
positive attitude now. It has made a tremendous difference in the whole
"Chris finished his therapy right before he started 4th grade. His performance
has improved dramatically! This is the first year we have not had to
schedule numerous parent-teacher conferences. Chris is able to do normal
schoolwork without crying and frustration. His ability to comprehend
and to work independently have been recognized by all. He is having
a great year for the first time ever. We are all grateful for Vision
Therapy and the difference in Chris' life.
"For the past 4 years, Daniel has been making almost all failing grades.
Last week he brought home his first passing report cardall B's! He
is enthused about making good grades now. He will actually pick up a
magazine and read it. I think Danny's self esteem is improving along
with his grades. When I first came to Cook Vision Therapy I was extremely
skeptical about the therapy actually working. After the last improvement
in grades, I can only conclude that this is what made it all possible.
"He was unable to read or recognize simple sight words. He had difficulty
catching a baseball and could not do most activities that required fine
motor skills. He is now reading signs, books, newspapers and any words
that he comes upon. He is writing sentences and paragraphs. His is playing
baseball and having much success in school. We are so pleased that he
has gone from being below grade level to being on grade level land pushing
to achieve goals above grade level."
Before vision therapy, Nathaniel spent two years in kindergarten without
learning the entire alphabet or any sight words. Now his is learning
to read and not only recognizes school words but reads all kinds of
signs out in the world. His handwriting has improved too, as well as
his attitude at school.
"I have seen a remarkable recovery in Ross in just a month or so! Reading
was an incredible struggle: a sweating, face-to-the-page, eye-crossing
struggle. Now Ross is happy and eager to read. His self-confidence is
soaring. He is so relieved to know that his difficulties were caused
by something concrete, that could be "fixed."
"No more spills and tumbles. Caitlin's coordination has improved dramatically.
She no longer walks into walls and people. Caitlin has more confidence
in everything she does now."
"Before therapy, reading was a chore. I couldn't study and I hardly
ever read for fun. Since therapy, however, reading is much easier and
even enjoyable. Everyone used to tell me that I just wasn't working
had enough. "You are so smart; why don't you apply yourself better?"
was a common phrase around the house when grades came. Now I realize
that I wasn't just lazy. There was a real problem. Thanks to vision
therapy, that problem has been corrected."
"I began therapy in January of my senior year in highschool. Before
than I had always struggled in school. I was not a bad student, but
there was plenty of room left for improvement. Today is my last day
of Vision Therapy, and of highschool, and thanks to the therapy I've
made all A's and one B this quarter and exempted 4 out of 5 exams. When
I was little, I used to read anything I could get my hands on, but when
I had reading and studying to do for school I quickly quit my reading
for fun. Now I am able to do both because my eyes don't quit on me.
My hand-eye coordination and my sports have also improved. More than
anything, I've noticed that my right eye no longer turns in. People
used to be able to tell when I was tired because my eye would always
become lazy and turn in, but not anymore!
"Before vision therapy my left eye was stuck over . . . [near my nose]
and because of that I was very embarrassed and had low self-esteem.
My right eye was very tired and both eyes were red all the time. Since
therapy both eyes are straight and clear. I am no longer embarrassed
and am happy to interact with other people because I don't have to worry
about what my eye is doing or what they are thinking about my eye."
"Brittany is finally finishing her schoolwork in school for the first
time in five years. She's been able to read longer without falling asleep.
Brittany has been a happier child even though she is 10 years old. She's
not as tired when she comes home from school and isn't always asleep
"I can now tell if my shot is going to land short, long, etc. I can
"read" greens. My putting has improved tremdously."
"When I came to vision therapy, I had severe headaches daily. I could
not read for longer than about 5-10 minutes before words began to blur
and run together. Since I've been in therapy, I have not had a headache.
I have noticed that each time I pick up a book (which I now enjoy doing)
I read several chapters before stopping. My eyes no longer tire after
a few paragraphs.
"I have see a change in Donovan's self-esteem and eagerness to learn,
both of which were lacking before coming here. He is also reading more
and watching less TV. His grades are improving in school and his work
is getting more detail oriented."
"Especially in the area of tennis, I've grown much more confident of
my game. Prior to therapy, I had begun to fear being hit in the face
by the ball and my reaction time was slowing down. After 4 months, my
game is much more aggressive; I track the ball better and by development
of my peripheral vision, I'm able to place the ball more accurately
without "telegraphing" to the other player where I'm placing my shot.
When the game heats up at the net, I'm confident, alert and relaxed.
When the game keeps me back in the service court, I'm able to put more
power into my swing and I'm always aware of the other players positioning
without taking my eye off the ball."
"His reading is excellent now. He hardly ever misses any words. Before
he could barely make out the words. This has made a tremendous difference
in not only grades but his self confidence and self worth. Also after
4 _ weeks of school, still no headaches, when before he had extremely
painful headaches almost every day. I am thrilled with the results."
"He reads a lot every day. And the thickness of the book never scares
him! His schoolwork is near perfect and he suffers very little stress
when he has large projects to accomplish. The most important thing about
the changes that have taken place is that Jonathan's confidence and
self-esteem is very high. He feels very successful and it shows in many
ways! It has been three years since Jonathan finished his therapy and
we are all thrilled with his achievements.
"Zack finished therapy 5 months ago. Since then he has had straight
A's twice, scored in the 96th percentile on the IOWA standardized test,
and may be invited to join the gifted program. I can't go into the classroom
without the teacher telling me how great Zack is. This situation in
contrast to last year where the teacher's were telling me how lazy Zack
was, how he was simply not trying, while I was seeing a child at home
struggling for hours with his homework. What a fantastic change!!"
"Chris was a very unmotivated child. He did not like to do any kind
of work: reading, math, etc., anything we got him to do was like pulling
teeth. He was on Ritalin about three years. He is a 15 year old boy
going into the seventh grade. He has a good outlook on school now, and
is trying more at home and school than he ever has. When we started
at Cook's we were very much in doubt that anything would work for Chris,
we had been through so many different types of training for him and
they all led us back to where we started from. But it seems like the
eye therapy was the answer. Thank you for everything."
"Ashley has been so excited about the changes. . . . I think it would
have been horrible to have her labeled as ADD when her only problem
was [reading] comprehension. In the initial consultation, I could see
she had a definite problem. She was seeing double. She has had a dramatic
improvement. She can control her eyes while reading so now she is able
to concentrate. She feels more confident in herself after seeing improvement
in her grades."
The changes I've noticed in Ryan since he began vision Therapy are-
he now reads more for enjoyment, he has more self-confidence and he
comprehends what he reads much better. But, the best change has been
that he no longer needs his Ritalin. He had been taking it for 2 years-he
has always made good grades and still does, but with much less effort."
"Christopher was having trouble staying "on task" at school and his
teachers felt he exhibited signs of ADD. His father and I would not
accept this evaluation. The school gave hims some psychological tests
which showed he had a high I.Q. We were very frustrated that the school
wanted to label him as a problem. The teachers modified his work and
did not challenge him-this gave Christopher very low self-esteem.
At our lowest point, I saw Dr. Cook on a television interview . . .
I got Dr. Cook's book that day and read it cover to cover. This convinced
me to schedule a screening visit. . . We say in five minutes that Christopher
had a problem with his eyes working together. In three months of therapy,
this problem has been corrected. Christopher's work is no longer modified.
He scored very well in reading and reading comprehension on the Iowa
Basic Test. Also he is now being evaluated for the gifted program at
school. Christopher now has the tools to reach his potential. We are
very, very grateful to Dr. Cook and everyone at Cook Vision Therapy.
"During the Christmas holidays . . . between semesters, I had the flu
. . . not a totally happy occasion. But there was on delightful aspect
of the illness. I stayed in bed for two days and read. In fact, I read
a 464 page book. Although I have been a slow reader, I have read many
lengthy books. The miracle of this 464 page book was that I did it in
two days! I did not have the headaches and blurred vision that have
frustrated me all my reading life . . . I was able to read for long
periods instead of 15 or 20 minutes at a time . . . I didn't have constant
problems losing my place . . . land I understood what I read. Last semester
I read 17 books! This kind of reading had never been possible before
my work with Dr. Cook.
When I began working with Dr. Cook, it was difficult for me to agree
to spend the time and money for a treatment that I had not heard of.
It felt like I was leaping off a cliff. The joy that I feel now is that
I didn't crash at the bottom of the cliff with nothing to show fro my
time and my dollars. Instead Dr. Cook and his staff taught me to fly
on the way down. The difference that Cook Vision Therapy has made in
my life is "not calculable in dollars" . . . and I have struggled to
find the words inadequate to describe my joy.