|Name||Aidan & Sterling|
|Age||14 & 11 Years|
|Problem Areas||Sterling – Poor Memory, Poor Vision with Reading issues, Poor Spelling, Letter Reversals, Concentration & Short Attention Span Issues, Low Self-Esteem & Confidence Levels, Struggled with Maths, Motion Sickness,|
Aidan – Poor Memory, Poor Vision with Reading Issues, Concentration & Short Attention Span Issues, Struggled With Times Tables, Messy Handwriting
|Finished Program||April 2014|
Like any parent I wanted to see my children succeed in life. I knew both my boys were fit and healthy and far from ‘thick’, yet reports showed there was little effort shown academically and results could definitely have been better. At a Parent-Teacher consultation we were told not to worry that our child didn’t excel in reading and writing, instead they’d encourage what he was interested in and hope the rest would follow. This wasn’t the answer, I knew they could do better.
Aidan, 14, was a fairly self-centred child at home – always thought of himself first, was dissatisfied, with poor concentration, being restless and never living for the moment. He always wanted to know what was happening next, started many “jobs” and never finished any, leaving a trail of untidiness behind him. At school he was obviously pleasant, but lacked self-confidence and if his writing was messy enough, his teacher wouldn’t be able to read it to see if there were any spelling mistakes! He always had the excuse that he had to rush or he wouldn’t be able to keep up with the others. With the start of GCSEs looming I felt worried for him. Sterling, his brother aged 11, was quite different, so laid back and lethargic about life he used to drive the rest of us crazy! Again, he’d start most projects with great intentions and never finished them. His reading was poor – he would miss words out, add words that weren’t there and misread ‘his’ instead of ‘this’. He was also the most chronic phonetic speller. He had been labelled as dyslexic and had one-to-one at school a few hours a week. Basically though, his happy-go-lucky attitude got him through, but I couldn’t understand why his quick wittedness didn’t seem to be getting onto paper.
HOW EYE CORRECTION HELPS
I feared for both boys, because although they had strong points practically, learning academically was frustratingly hard work which was fast becoming a negative downhill spiral with neither boys really reading books, only looking at comics. I had heard, from my sister-in-law, of an eye therapy called ALC eye correction therapy. She explained that if the muscles in both eyes were not working together then incorrect messages were being sent to the brain. The brain in turn couldn’t interpret them properly. We applied for an initial assessment to see if the therapists could help. Sterling proved to have very poor eye sight from the tests – not the sort that glasses help – in fact, one of a 46 year old. Plus he really struggled with three-dimensional vision and reading in general. Tests showed that Aidan’s eye coordination was not such an issue, but ALC felt they could help him with concentration, confidence and accuracy.
Seeing as this treatment is non-invasive we felt that there was nothing to lose – except the Easter Holidays. I was very keen to start treatment before Sterling had his Year Six SATS and Aidan started GCSEs. So, with our positive hats on, during Easter the boys and I travelled two and a half hours to ALC, followed by the treatment (of up to an hour), and home again, each day for 10 days. Then there was the homework that was set daily. It was quite a commitment, but as parents we were determined to make this succeed. We supported all homework and encouraged them every step of the way. Yes, it did take time, but seriously, what is two weeks of work, if you can set your child up for life?
The boys were really amenable to the treatment and we made it quite clear to them that it was for their own good. Strangely enough it was Sterling that we initially enquired about the treatment for, yet it was Aidan that showed almost immediate results. Over the next few days though he probably didn’t realise it, his character changed – for the better! He became relaxed, less stressed and we saw he had a good sense of humour that hadn’t shown itself much before. The treatment released some tension, which put him in a better frame of mind for learning. As soon as he went back to school he started making comments like: “I can remember more words when copying”, “reading aloud in literacy is easier” and “typing is loads easier but I don’t know why”.
DID IT AFFECT EXAM GRADES?
I had saved Sterling’s practice SATS paper for after the treatment. He gave me the usual grief about homework, but after settling down, in the required time, he turned over the last page and exclaimed: “What? Is that the end? That was millions easier and I’ve never finished a SATS paper before!” His teachers knew nothing of him having the ALC treatment and accused him of someone else doing his work! At the end of the first week he was awarded Star of the Week. At the Parents Consultations before the summer holidays, more than one teacher told us that Aidan had been nowhere near his predicted grades from Year Seven and then had suddenly made an impressive jump and made up time. To Aidan’s surprise he came top in his class with 81% in science. Sterling also did well in his SATS and reached required levels for his age. Three weeks ago he started senior school and on the first day he said: “Mum, I’ve been put in the brainy groups!” This treatment does not miraculously transform your child, but it releases their potential over time. Six months after treatment I still get them to do a set of eye exercises to keep them on track and neither of them resist. The treatment isn’t cheap, but learning was such a chore for our boys that we were almost wasting the cost of the school fees. The cost of the treatment effectively becomes the price of a life of attainment. The boys can now progress without the frustration and negative feelings that previously plagued them. Confidence is a slow growing plant and little by little they are both realising that they can do it – and surprise themselves at times too! Consequently, I would not hesitate to recommend the ALC treatment to anyone.