I don't know about you, but we are in the full holiday swing of things here at home. Both trees are up and decorated and the house is full of holiday spirit. Now to finish up the shopping, wrapping, and baking.
There is not a year that goes by that I don't think about Christmas Day, 1997. It was a Christmas filled with unwanted guests, however one of the most memorable Christmas I can recall. Enjoy the Night Before Christmas Parody written by my mom, after this oh so memorable Christmas.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas filled with memories that last a lifetime!
It's always fun to hear how clients are doing after their programs! Here is an email I received from a client who had a program back in October.
"Izzy is doing pretty good, we are in the middle of reading the book called Clementine by Sara Penny Packer and it is a 4.5 level book and she is doing amazing.I have been having her do spell reading, sweep, sweep, spell, picture it at punctuation and then we read about 15 pages a night which has been taking us anywhere from 20-30 min. which before we were probably getting 5-8 pages done in that time so I am happy."
A friend recommended Minnesota Learning Solutions, specifically Tracy Doyle, for my son Hudson. Hudson is a twin born at 31 weeks and has suffered with a lazy L eye, ADHD, and we believe dyslexia.
I am not a mom who sits by and doesn’t seek interventions and help. From an early age I was taking him to doctors with concerns for his lazy eye and “clumsiness “ as well as therapists for his anxiety. It took a while but I finally found help with vision therapy as well as occupational therapy. We kept him in Preschool an extra year and I have worked closely with his teachers ever since. Attempting multiple times to get him additional help from school without much success. He’s the child who sits just in the middle, doesn’t qualify for help but is not at the same level as his peers.
As you can imagine I was so frustrated.. he needed help and I didn’t know what to do to help him. When we would sit and read the only books he liked to read were the ones he memorized and I would become increasingly frustrated when he couldn’t even read the most common words... the, I, like, look, said... words that are repeated over and over again in reading. He couldn’t remember them. I was beyond frustrated... was he just not trying?? Why was this so hard for him?
Finally a turning point... a phone call to Tracy and I was sold. I would have done anything at this point and thankfully we found Tracy.
Not only did she break it down for Hudson she helped me to understand. He wasn’t doing this on purpose, he is a picture thinker and those “simple” site words have no meaning, no picture for him.
She started off slowly getting Hudson to trust her, making it fun, finding his interest and working with that. Helped him calm his mind and find his center of balance, then worked from the bottom up. Forming letters both upper and lower case. Slowly easing into words. Using clay and many other tools to help him form understanding and pictures for these common words. A light went on!! He finally got it!!
And for me she taught me so much. She taught me how to understand how my son thinks, to know that reading is not always with our eyes. That he has an incredible potential and we can work as a team to help make learning enjoyable.
She continues to support us and is always there for any questions or concerns we may have. Tracy changed our lives and we will forever be grateful.
Sincerely, Jaime St. Denis
When I asked Hudson what he thought about Tracy he said “she is so much fun when can we go back?”
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