Heluska & Hans 16 & 14 years – “Quite a rascal in class.”

NameHeluska & Hans
Age16 & 14 Years
LocatedHampshire
Problem AreasHeluska: Memory, Comprehension, Vision, Spelling, Copying, Short Concentration, Unsettled Behaviour, Low Self-Esteem,

Hans: Comprehension, Memory, Confusion of Upper & Lower Case when Writing, Unsettled Behaviour, Poor Concentration, Trouble Following Instructions, Handwriting

Finished ProgramDecember 2013

Hans was being quite a rascal in class, due in part to his inability to concentrate, plus he was struggling with his handwriting. For Heluska it was more that her memory was letting her down in being able to obtain the grades we felt she could achieve.

 

Background:  Heluska had academic issues. She would get especially frustrated after school. She would come home and let her hair down. A friend who’d had first-hand experience with the ALC treatment, recommended it might be good for our two children and I can honestly say that yes it’s a lot of money, but there is no other treatment remotely like it that can help all those different area’s so you can’t really compare. There was nothing else available in the UK like this, as far as I’m aware. There is something in the brain that it unlocks, it’s hard to put your finger on it, but something distinctly changes.

 

The kids coped with the treatment well, everything was quite clear and they were well briefed on what they had to do. We found table tennis a very good way to de-stress afterwards. It was hard but not “Oh my giddy aunt what have I taken on?!” type of hard. It wasn’t too much. The children did the homework together in the kitchen so there was good competition and I was on hand to help and make sure they were supported.

 

Areas Improved So Far: Heluska showed progress straight away. We attend a lot of functions as a family and she would say to me, “I can look round the auditorium and take things in now.” She is far more confident to go to a friend’s house for a sleep-over and is better at linking people up. She was capable before, but she has a different type of confidence now, taking in more detail and definitely less agitated when we attend functions. She started revising for her upcoming tests the month after treatment and did a bit every day afterschool, she would shut herself in our study, and re-write chunks out of her revision books with fine liners of different colours – a different colour per paragraph. She would then read it out to herself. She’d worked out this strategy to help herself revise and committed herself to it, something that was new for her. We would tell her “20 minutes” but she would work for 30 minutes or more and wouldn’t take a break until she had finished what she was doing.

 

Her attitude had changed and she had hope. Her spelling is still as interesting as before, but she is more aware of her incorrect spellings and more able to learn them.

 

She actually received a Gold Award this October (2014), which is for leadership & academic achievement, which means we’ll be attending the national awards day – which is a massive achievement for anyone, never mind our challenges! Others in her school said to her “How have YOU got that?!” The school commented this last school year how well she was doing and how hard she was working.

 

With Hans we started to see improvements within about 2 weeks after treatment – around the time he went back to school. He was definitely better behaved in class, which enabled him to comprehend and retain more of what he was expected to take in. His concentration is sorted now. He used to struggle with following instructions, so it’s helped on that too. Most of his effort grades were 3’s or some 2’s (1 being highest, 3 being pretty bad). However since treatment they’ve been slowly improving.   He does still has handwriting issues.