Fraydo The Dragon: A Very Big Problem!
by Author Courtney Spain Aragon
One day, a few years back, I noticed my little boy’s eye wobbled inward. Ever so slightly. And just once. Never to occur again. I was told he was fine; that these things sometimes happen to very young children.
But I felt something was wrong.
So, mostly going on instinct, I reached out to a pediatric ophthalmologist who encouraged me to bring my son in to have his eyes examined and vision checked.
The result was that my son had extremely poor vision! Just like Fraydo the Dragon. No wonder he was leaning too far into things, stepping on toes, crashing into friends, missing that ball toss, and was NEVER content to sit and watch. Our son was given eyeglasses, and his eyesight was saved.
But our vision journey was not over. Eventually, we learned, through our son’s excellent pediatric and developmental optometrist, that our son needed progressive (multifocal) contact lenses to make his world sharp and clear truly.
At age six years old, he began to wear those contact lenses!
Now he can see near, far, and to the sides. Best of all, he can learn through observing and live a richer life — because now he can see!
Fraydo the Dragon represents all the children in the world who need intervention and help. Our Fraydo the Dragon Story Series plays out these academic, behavioral, and social consequences associated with not only Fraydo’s poor vision but what happens when those around us do not stop to help and solve the problem.
Our aim with the Fraydo The Dragon Story Series is to help children build upon their self-awareness to solve problems for themselves and then have the courage to reach out to the correct adult or caregiver to help them. The series focuses upon the following themes that are so important in early childhood development: understanding friendships & differences, developing empathy and building upon one’s self-awareness to problem solve.
— Courtney Spain Aragon, Author