"Yesterday, Daniel picked up a book his teacher gave him, "Night of the Ninjas," and started to read it. He read the first 5 chapters without any help.
It was a Magic Tree House #5 book. He was really proud of himself and so were we. He started to read it again a few minutes ago and told me he loves reading.
In the past, he would only pick up a book when he was told to read, never for pleasure.
We have seen a tremendous amount of improvement since you have been tutoring him. It's just like watching a flower slowly blossom.
We would like to thank you and we are looking forward to what lies ahead once Daniel completes the program."
~Daniel, father of 3rd grader, Fontana
"I am in awe of her Stanford Acheivement Test scores. She scored in the 9th grade level for language."
~Lisa - Mom of 4th Grader - Claremont, CA
"Brett made honor roll! Thanks for all you do for him."
~Rhonda - Mom of 4th Grader - Rialto, CA
If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage that child's parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.
In Elementary School
- Delayed speech
- Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
- Chronic ear infections
- Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
- Constant confusion of left versus right
- Late establishing a dominant hand
- Difficulty learning to tie shoes
- Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
- Can't create words that rhyme
- A close relative with dyslexia
Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
Dreads going to school
- Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
- Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
- Extreme difficulty learning cursive
- Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
- Guesses based on shape or context
- Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
- Ignores suffixes
- Can't sound out unknown words
- Terrible spelling
- Often can't remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
- Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
- Trouble with math
- Memorizing multiplication tables
- Memorizing a sequence of steps
- When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
- Lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
- Common sayings come out slightly twisted
In High School
- Complains of stomach aches or headaches
- May have nightmares about school
All of the above symptoms plus:
- Limited vocabulary
- Extremely poor written expression
- Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
- Unable to master a foreign language
- Difficulty reading printed music
- Poor grades in many classes
- May drop out of high school
Education history similar to above, plus:
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- Slow reader
- May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
- Terrible speller
- Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
- Dreads writing memos or letters
- Still has difficulty with right versus left
- Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
- Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick
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