|Problem Areas||Incorrect pen grip, Started a stammer at age of 3, White paper stood out and hurt eyes, Struggled to read & preferred not to read, Poor comprehension, Struggled with spelling, Unable retain spelling words, Trouble with copying text, Confused capital & lower letters in a sentence, Not able to write in a straight line without guidelines, Poor concentration, Low self-esteem, Issues with verbal instructions, Sore eyes/headaches if read/wrote for a long time,|
|Finished Program||July 2013|
Ted hadn’t enjoyed school, and wasn’t motivated to learn. But he was our first child and a “boy”, so we didn’t worry too much. In Year 3 we found out that Ted was 18 months behind where he should have been and we were shocked. His profile was consistent with dyslexia.
Let me tell you the story of the slow, but continual steady progress of our son, since the ALC Treatment.
Background: The first 3 years of primary for our son were kind of normal. Ted didn’t enjoy school, was quiet and reserved and not motivated to learn at home. His teachers always said he worked & tried hard in class in all areas of the curriculum. According to his teacher, at the end of Year 2, Ted was working in line with the national expectations in all the subjects! As parents, we did have a few concerns about his reading, numeracy & memory progress… but being our first child, and a “boy”, we didn’t worry too much about it, thinking that with time & patience he would make it!
Ted started the junior school at 7½ years. Things became a bit more obvious then, he wasn’t at the level he should have been. We thought may be his eyes were the problem. He was struggling to read with low comprehension, his spelling was bad and however much he practised it was all gone the next day, same with his times tables. He was slow, had untidy handwriting, reversed and confused his letters & numbers, had no confidence and got frustrated with himself. When he copied text he was able to remember 2 words if they were very easy, and 3-4 letters if he wasn’t familiar with the word. Everything was “I can’t…, I’m dumb”. He was always very tired and well…the list was endless.
He was diagnosed at Classic Eyes with unequal & excessive eye fixation and unequal & high regression. (Hyperopia). He was prescribed lenses to aid the focus and to be used for all close-range work. We were advised a therapeutic approach as well, which we took on. We were desperate to do anything to help him out. His school did put a number of support strategies into place for his writing and reading comprehension, but yet, he still seemed to make very slow progress.
Six months after starting Year 3, Ted had an Educational assessment, and the Report came though…. We were shocked! We had to accept that our sons profile was consistent with Dyslexia. He was 7 years and 9 months, and had a level of 6 years and 4 months. He was 18 months behind!
THE TREATMENT PROGRAM We then heard about the ALC Treatment through a friend that was helping in Ted’s school. The treatment had just started 6 months before in the UK, only a few had been treated at the time and the age they were starting was from 8 years old. It seemed to be a “door of hope” for our son! After all it was a quick effective Dyslexia Treatment. Probably just what we were looking for.
He had just turned 8 years, and we thought we should do all we could to help him out. We were told that he had already missed out on his first learning years having difficulties with his working memory and speed of processing. We thought that Ted was in very poor state (having a stammer as well) and we dreaded the next schooling years.
Ted was assessed at the Yeovil ALC centre, where it was confirmed that the treatment would be appropriate to his situation. We then had the ‘Big Decision’ to make, but it didn’t take long. We thought we wanted the best for him, we wouldn’t regret it, it was a big cost but…what would you not do for your child to make his whole life easier and yours as well?
There was nothing to lose…We took the plunge and did the treatment in 2 weeks, at the beginning of the summer holidays. At that point Ted had just finished Year 3, he had made progress in his reading by a whole level, but his writing was still very slow, his comprehension, his memories, his spelling still needed lots of help.
Areas Improved So Far: We were looking and hoping for results fast but for us, to be honest, it was a few months before we started to be convinced that may be something was happening or had happened! The teacher noticed that his comprehension was better. Seven months after, he was given a Certificate for independent writing – a very good report on a visit to a farm. Ted had never written anything on his own, helpers were writing his ideas down on paper for him. Not only had he done this report alone, but also in the same time as the other children as well!! This alone was a Miracle for us! We also noticed that he was more relaxed and his writing was impressively improving.
At the end of Ted’s Year 4, we talked to his teachers. They had put a lot of time into him. We asked her what she thought of Ted’s level, where she would put him at present, whether she thought he was a year 4 level or not. And she thought he was a year 4 level, may be not a great one, but he was where he should be ….It was just one year after the ALC Treatment, a year had gone past, and there we were, caught up on more than 18 months of schooling. We were then confirmed that ALC Treatment had worked and is still working!
To our great surprise Ted was awarded the Gold Reward Certificate with a gift to reward him for his continual good steady progress and hard work through his Year 4. What a surprise and motivation. Thank you to the ALC program – we are so glad we did it as soon as we heard about it, rather than waiting and wasting more time and years for our son and ourselves.
We can’t say all is fine now! Ted still struggles at school, but he loves going there, he loves challenges, he is always willing to work hard in class and try his best. He is still dyslexic, but life in general is definitely a lot easier. He is making good progress with his times tables, his memory has definitely improved. He just had a certificate for his spelling for 100% accuracy during the last term, which is 10/10 every single time. He is a lot more relaxed in general and his confidence is increasing. It is now 18 months since the treatment and we are still proving more results from it. We met his new Year 5 teacher last month and she confirmed that Ted is a Level Year 5. He is doing well. He enjoys playing football, which he didn’t before. He is 9 ½ and doesn’t need glasses anymore (which the optician thought he might get rid of between the age of 10/12, or have them for life).
We will never regret it, and we would definitely encourage anyone to consider this treatment if you have a child struggling with school results and behaviour.