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Washington Vision Therapy Center

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303 S 72nd Ave
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: 509-654-9256
Fax: 509-834-7400

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
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Purpose: To integrate the visual skills of focusing (accommodation), tracking (saccades), and visualization with balanced and rhythmic bilateral movement.

Materials: Trampoline (if none available, jump on floor) Whiteboard

Procedure:

As the patient becomes comfortable with each level, move on to the next.

1. Have the patient begin jumping. Ask them to draw circles in the air with their hands (palms down, fingers together) that are about the size of a basketball and are circling out from the center of their body toward each side. The patient should work of keeping these circles smooth and of consistent size as they jump.

2. While maintaining the circles the patient should a. Spell their name forward with one letter per jump. b. Spell their name backward with one letter per jump. c. Spell their name backward with one letter every other jump.

3. Write the sentence “the train went down the track” on the whiteboard. Have the patient a. Spell forward while looking. Seat drop on spaces. b. Turn around and spell again from memory. c. Spell the sentence backward while looking. d. Turn around and spell backward from memory. e. Spell sentence outside in (alternating from first letter to last letter, second letter to second from last, etc.) f. Spell outside in without looking. g. Spell with 90 degree turns or turn on each vowel. h. Substitute vowels for an object (e.g. “dog”) i. Spell with seat drop on spaces and knee drop on vowels. j. Spell sentence outside in with seat drop on spaces and knee drop on vowels.

4. Have the patient spell a word (e.g. “School”) forward and backward while jumping (S-C-H-O-O-L, then L-O-O-H-C-S). Follow this with a. Spelling with 90 degree turns between each letter. b. Self-directed reversal (Patient turns on each letter and decides when to begin turning in the other direction. For example, turning clockwise with S-C-H, then changing to counter-clockwise with H-C-S.)

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Testimonial

You changed James' life and we will forever be grateful! His last appointment was great and better than before if possible. Sorry we won't see you again but we are so excited James is completely finished! Thank you just doesn't seem sufficient but is all we have to say! Thank YOU!!

James B.

Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:00pm
Tuesday8:00am5:00pm
Wednesday8:00am5:00pm
Thursday8:00am5:00pm
Friday8:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Meet The Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Winters is board-certified in vision development and vision therapy.  In 2010, he started a vision therapy center in Yakima, Washington.  His advocacy for children that struggle with life-altering developmental vision problems has included over 100 lectures in colleges, professional groups, parent groups, and schools. He is one of the founders of Building Vision, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for individuals struggling with these vision problems and which has given free screenings to almost 1000 children in the Yakima area.  He established the Harvest in the Heart of the Northwest Conference which is an educational seminar held biennially in Yakima, providing continuing education specific to developmental optometry. He is the clinical director of Washington Vision Therapy Center and is currently serving as the president of the Yakima Valley Optometric Society.  

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