My Students, My Heroes

Mission Possible!  That’s our theme this summer at the learning center, and what fun it is to watch students carry out their missions in reading, meeting new people, developing new skills, and problem solving.

On all the doors around the center, staff has put up inspirational stories about people who have persevered and met their goals.

The people highlighted on my door are former students.  I don’t always hear what happens to our students years after they have finished with us, but it is so exciting when we do.

Here are my heroes (names changed, but stories are true!):

Jose, who at 11 had a severe language delay, is now a pharmacist.

Micah, who at 13, was failing school due to a severe auditory processing problem, is now headed for medical school.

Jessie, who had severe reading disabilities at 9, is now a professor at BYU.

Anne, who at 9 was labeled “un-teachable,” is now in college.

Al, who was struggling with reading, auditory processing, and attention as a high school senior, is now in pre-med at Cornell University.

Mark, who was severely dyslexic and not reading at all at 8, is completing his second Masters degree.

Jan, at 43, went to college and got her very first A, after correcting her dyslexia at the learning center.

Tony, completely “word blind” and severely dyslexic at 9, has completed college and creates amazing comic books.

 I just can’t wait to see what our current students do with their lives and what missions they will accomplish as former SLC clients!

Recently a mom shared with me that her daughter, who has struggled with dyslexia her whole life, but who has compensated reasonably well, was told by two of her college professors that she should give up trying to be a teacher.  “You can’t spell and you’ll never be able to pass the teacher certification test,” she was told.

Heartbroken, because she loves working with children and feels that she would be a really good teacher, this college sophomore is changing her major – not to something she loves – but to something less demanding.

Dyslexia and learning disabilities do not have to limit the lives and futures of bright, capable, but learning challenged students.  Most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected.  Here’s how:

  • Identify the weak underlying learning/processing skills that are not supporting the student well enough
  • Develop those underlying skills through specific and intensive cognitive (brain) training
  • Remediate the weak basic academic skills – reading, writing, spelling, or math (and now it will stick because the underlying skills are in place to support them)

 

End Result – Comfortable, confident, independent learners,

ready and able to pursue their dreams. 

MISSION POSSIBLE!

 

FIND OUT MORE:

Visit www.learningdisability.com to find out date and time of our next parent information meeting.

Not local to Chino or Irvine, CA?  Call 909-598-2482 for information about Distance Learning.

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