The author is a retired film-maker, teacher and writer who was asked to help a friend’s son, then aged 8, who had reading difficulties:-
It turned out that these reading difficulties were partly caused by tracking problems. The child’s eyes were unable to ‘fixate’, that is to settle on a letter or a word without wandering. He couldn’t see what he was supposed to be reading at all. He had, as his specialist put it, ‘very wobbly eyes’.
After two years, the child’s problems had been mitigated (not cured) by eye exercises and the author of this blog became very concerned about how little parents and teachers knew about tracking and how little help is available.
Searching Google with the words ‘tracking + reading problems’ produces nearly a million references but few simple guides to what tracking problems are and how they can be recognized, assessed and dealt with. That’s what this blog. is about – an attempt to give some simple advice that might help to prevent the harm that happened to this one little boy and the deep unhappiness that it caused to his parents, who are my friends.
The text of this whole blog is less than 20 pages long at the moment.
Download and keep a copy for reference if it helps. Add your comments and criticisms, if you want, because they may help others. Thanks for reading it.