First baby on the way!
A time of great excitement and more than a little trepidation.
I think all new parents feel this way, but one young woman I spoke with recently had an additional fear that most new parents don’t have to consider: “What if I can’t help my child with his homework when he gets into school because of my dyslexia?”
According to the National Assessment Governing Board in 2000, there was a 37% illiteracy rate among our nation’s 4th graders. Current literature says that 1 in 5 students is dyslexic.
If the reading and dyslexic challenges are not corrected before students get out of high school, what happens? The problems don’t magically disappear. These smart, but struggling students become smart, but struggling adults.
At our information meeting a few weeks ago, a young man came seeking help for himself. He shared how, as a new community college student, he was told, “Your skills are too low. You’ll never be able to make it in college. You need to find something else to do.”
Discouraged, he went into the military. After a tour in Afghanistan with the Marines, he is now out of the service and more determined than ever to get a college education. Unfortunately, determination, while critical, is probably not enough. And he knows it. So he’s looking for ways to correct his reading disorder – not just get around it, but actually correct it so that he can be successful in an academic environment.
Is it possible?
Absolutely! That’s the exciting thing about the brain and about what we do!
It is never too late.
The brain can be retrained to process information more accurately and completely. New, more efficient connections or neuropathways can be made in the brain that will allow both children and adults to learn more easily, even things that have been difficult or nearly impossible before.
Adults find more creative and sophisticated ways of covering their reading or learning challenges, but they are every bit as frustrated by them. The great news is, that by identifying and developing the weak underlying skills that are causing the problem, those learning challenges, even dyslexia, can be dramatically improved or completely corrected.
I’m looking forward to our new mom feeling confident about her upcoming graduate school and knowing that she’ll be able to help her child with homework when the time comes.
I can’t wait to see our former Marine, get the college education he so desperately wants.
This is not for kids only!
It takes the right kind of help, but it’s never too late to change the brain and put dyslexia and learning problems in the past.
If you or your child have dyslexia or a learning challenge, there is help.
JOIN US for an information meeting to better understand the cause and solution to learning challenges. Go to www.learningdisability.com for details and RSVP.