Over the weekend, I received a slim 69 page book in the mail from K. Joseph Hill with a cover letter requesting that I do a review and post it on the VisionHelp blog. The letter reads in part: “The book is a short, simple read about my son’s experiences before, during, and after the application of Vision Therapy. I wrote the book with the intent to share my son’s story so that other parents with children having the same or similar problems as my son can benefit by having a basic understanding of vision therapy, duration of application, and certainly possible success with the application of such.”
The preface of the book elaborates: “I share this story about my son’s vision problems because I, and probably others, was not aware of vision therapy. At the time I was made aware of vision therapy, it was not well known, some doubted its significance, and some with certain vision problems were believed to be misdiagnosed as suffering from some other ailment.”
K. Joseph Hill is a parent determined to do the best for his son. From the “About the Author” end page we learn that he is an Urban Planner by profession with certificates in Architectural Technology from El Camino College, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton. He has also coached youth sports programs and it is through the lens of sport, basketball in particular, that Mr. Hill shares his family’s odyssey.
Mr. Hill provides a very even-handed overview of vision therapy, noting that while his is appreciative of his son’s gains through therapy it is by no means a cure-all. His son faced, and still faces, many academic challenges. The author points the reader toward other resources that provide more detailed insights into vision therapy for parents, and the most valuable player in this genre is Eye Power co-authored by our VisionHelp colleague, Dr. Stan Appelbaum. The strength of “Back on the Basketball Court With A Smile” is that it states the case for vision therapy in a heartfelt way through a parent’s eyes.