From the mother of Mellie, a fifth grade student.
My daughter, Mellie, is a bright and happy child with an imagination that has no end! She made it through kindergarten in the public school system, but there were definitely signs of struggle. Specifically letters, phonics and anything related to reading. I was a little concerned but this was just Kindergarten, right? Well 1st grade comes and the struggles intensify. She is being left behind and bringing home failing grades. I could see the frustration and defeat on her face each time graded papers were sent home. I was frustrated with her for “not trying hard enough” and at the same time I was heartbroken. I was worried something was wrong. I was able to get Mellie tested for Dyslexia at LLCA in January of that school year and there was no question that she was dyslexic. What a relief to know that there was a reason she was struggling so much, but now what was I going to do? Pray, that’s what I was going to do! I sought God’s will and the advice of others. As I look back at God’s answers to my prayers, I am amazed! There just happened to be an opening in 1st grade at LLCA (mid-year mind you) and so I took a leap of faith. Mellie was warmly welcomed into the class and her Dyslexia small group. The Dyslexia program staff is amazing! Mellie has flourished and grown in knowledge and confidence! She proved that she is a very hard worker and wants to succeed! She graduated from the program by the end of the 3rd grade and continued with tutoring through the 4th grade. Mellie and I are so excited for her to “fly solo” this next school year. What an accomplishment! LLCA and the Dyslexia program took my child in, loved and nurtured her, taught her all the blessings of being dyslexic, gave her confidence and a desire to learn! That is something I could not have done on my own and I will always be grateful.
I have left out so many details of God’s hand through this journey. I am humbled by the testimony He has given me and I am blessed beyond measure!
From the mother of Brady, a second grade student.
This is our first year at LLCA and the dyslexia center. So far we are very pleased. After 1 1/2 years of homeschooling it is nice to be able to just be Mom again, I have every confidence that we made the right decision in trusting LLCA with our son's special education needs. After just 2 weeks he is excelling and seems to be enjoying learning. Homework isn't even a chore and we enjoy this time together. I praise God for the ability to place him here. It is worth every penny.
From the mother of first grader Maggie.
I just wanted to give you a quick update on Maggie. She started with a tutor after spring break of last year and continued with a tutor over the summer with Christy Anderson.
She's officially been in the dyslexia program now for about a week and a half. I can't begin to tell you the change that we have seen in her! The first thing we've noticed is that she gets up each morning with a smile on her face and she's excited to go to school. Before it was such a struggle to wake her and when she did wake up she cried and did everything in her power to keep from going to school. This is been such a huge blessing and an ease on this mama's heart. The second thing that I've noticed is when she gets in the car in the afternoon and I ask her about her day she's all smiles and each day she says she's had a wonderful day! When I ask her what the best part of her day was each day she's responded, "Mommy, all of it was the best part!" And I think before one of the worst things for us as a family was homework. Maggie would cry and cry at the mention of homework. And something as simple as reading could turn into something that lasted several hours just to get her to complete the task. It was awful and many many tears were shed by both Maggie and mama.
This last week and a half Maggie couldn't wait to open her Book of Knowledge and show me what she had done for the day! She couldn't wait to start reading, go through her drill ring, and her favorite thing was to practice spelling!!! Before she absolutely dreaded trying to spell. But now she's so excited. And I can't tell you how much her hand writing has improved! With dysgraphia Maggie's handwriting was most of the time not legible at all. But her handwriting is so neat now. She was so excited when she came home yesterday she just knew she had done great on her spelling test. And when I opened up her binder and saw that she got a 100 it was all I could do to hold the tears back. Maggie's spelling grades before ranged from 5% -25% each time. That was hard to see her look at those grades and ask me each week, "What's wrong with me? Why can't I get it?"
There is nothing more painful than seeing your child struggle and seeing her hurt and feel like something is wrong with what. Even if it is with small daily activities she just struggled. My heart broke every day for her and it was so hard for our family. Every mama wants their child to be happy and love school. And now she does! The change in her is remarkable! Everyone in our family has noticed a change in her overall behavior and how much happier she is. When I asked her the other day washy thought she was enjoying school much better now she responded with this, "Mommy I can't explain it. Before my brain was so busy and it never slows down. But now I understand and my brain can rest. It's not going and going all the time. It slows down and now I can understand." Whatever that actually means for Maggie it's working for her! I'm so thankful and grateful for the program and the amazing change that We have seen her. I know it's only been a week and a half so I know that the rest of the year can only get better from here. I just wanted to share with you the progress that we've noticed on her so far and thank you for all of your help!
From Amy Blaylock, mother of rising second grader who has been part of the LLCA Dyslexia Center for one year.
I've got to brag on my child and the amazing staff at LLCA and in the LLCA Dyslexia center! Claire has been working through a workbook called "Summer Bridge Activities" to keep her mind active and sharp over the summer (A pit fall of being a teacher's kid, mom makes you work through summer). She done really well with it, but today came to a section of the workbook where the letters were scrambled and she was supposed to unscramble them and write out the word. Being dyslexic, I thought it would be very difficult task for her, but I explained the instructions and said, "Just try the first one". It was scrambled as ribd. She looked at it and said, "Well, that i will come before that r and the word will be bird." She then quickly glanced down and applied rules she's learned about vowels and began to decipher each word! My child that used to struggle to read small words is now recognizing/reading/spelling words that aren't even spelled correctly! I am thrilled at her speed and ability. Thank you Mrs. Cornelison, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Wood, and Mrs. VK, and Mrs. P you've each been a huge blessing to our family!!!
From the mother of second grader Bella Woods.
“A feeling of overwhelming helplessness consumed me as my wonderfully creative and talented 2nd grade daughter continued to get more and more behind in school. Everyday was a challenge. Our whole life revolved around how to get through homework and studying for tests. We would spend hours upon hours practicing and memorizing only to have to start from scratch the next day because all of it was forgotten. Hardly a day went by without my daughter crying from frustration, headaches, stomachaches, and frankly exhaustion, which would lead to tantrums at times and screaming. It seemed I was constantly saying things like “just focus” and “try harder”.
Dyslexia had been in the back of my mind since her kindergarten year, but you hear so many times that it (reading problems) is common at that age and they will usually grow out of it so we waited to see improvement as we continued to work with her.
One day after school she cried all the way home because SHE, a normally very outgoing and confident child, suddenly had a very bad case of low self-esteem and was calling her self things like “dumb” and “stupid”. That, as you can imagine, absolutely broke this mother’s heart! I was determined to find the root of her learning problems and scheduled an array of testing. The result was Dyslexia. I actually felt relief at the diagnosis because at least now we knew we could do something about it.
We enrolled our daughter at LLCA where Mrs. Cindy Hall is the director of the Dyslexia Intervention Center. From Day 1 we knew it was the right place. They make learning so much fun and enjoyable and the kids feel like they are all part of a little family. The entire staff is so warm and caring and passionate about teaching our children. Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Shelley (her school tutor), and Mrs. Frazier (her regular classroom teacher) work with Bella and have made such a difference in the quality of not only Bella’s life but our entire family.
Now Bella is reading at a much higher level than before and there is actually time to stop and enjoy the small things together. The teachers have helped me learn how to make homework super fun! They’ve revived my little girl’s confidence and is gaining more confidence every day. Sometimes when she reads a long word out correctly, she looks up at me with astonished eyes and smiling as if she’s thinking, “Did I really do that???!!!” I cannot wait to see what this year holds for all these blessed children (mine included) that receive the benefit of this PHENOMENAL program at LLCA!” ~ Carla Woods
From the mother of a third grader who recently graduated from the LLCA Dyslexia Center.
What a blessing the dyslexia center at LLCA has been to our family!! Mrs Cindy Hall and her staff go above and beyond for not just each one of their students but their families as well. Anytime we had questions or concerns they were right there to help us and put us at ease. Our child was able to go back into the regular classroom with more confidence and knowledge than before and knows that Mrs. Hall and her staff are there if she ever needed them!! Thank you Mrs. Cindy and ALL the tutors for what you do everyday at LLCA!! What a difference you are making in these children's lives!!!
Sincerely, Gary and Brooke Waltman
From first grade teacher, Mrs. Ward.
I have a wonderful praise! One of my precious first grade students who has been in the LLCA Dyslexia Program for 3 months got up in front of the class and read a favorite book to the class with such confidence! She was so proud that I took her picture and sent it to her mother so she could share in the joy! Thank you for helping her love reading and for teaching her that she CAN do it well!!!!
First Grade Teacher- Cub Campus
From the mother of Carson, a third grader.
My middle child, Carson, was like every other child through kindergarten. He was a loving, vibrant, always smiling boy who loved playing with his friends and going to school. Then when he entered first grade, everything changed. After about 6 weeks of school, the teacher called me in for a conference. I found out that Carson was wandering the room when he should have been doing work, wasn’t finishing any of his papers, was having trouble focusing and was testing very low in reading. He started bringing home low grades, and so we started tutoring after school. The school problems got worse as the year went on, and I could also tell that my normally happy child was now very unhappy, hated school, and cried every night. Homework was taking hours instead of minutes. I knew there was something wrong, but was told he just needed time to mature, and that one day he was going to have a “light bulb moment.” The school’s thinking was that as long as he was making B’s and C’s that everything was fine. I knew as a mother that something was very wrong and that the only reason he made those B’s and C’s was because we worked hours every night and went to tutoring. I even asked if I should have him repeat first grade. I was told no, to move him on.
I subsequently moved Carson to second grade, and things went from bad to worse. By this time Carson’s personality had completely changed. He was very withdrawn at school, cried and threw tantrums at home and was generally very unhappy. I had the school test him for everything that was available and came up with nothing. By this point I knew I had to do something else. I decided to look at private schools. I was also going to have him repeat second grade at the new school, to give him a fresh start. I looked at all the private schools all around the area and was drawn to Lindsay Lane, even though it is a 25 minute drive from our house. I enrolled him at Lindsay Lane, and Carson started second grade there. He had a good year with a wonderful teacher, but was still struggling some and homework still took forever. On the last day of school, Mrs. Hall came to me and said she had seen some red flags on a spelling test Carson had taken with her. I told her I had had him tested for everything in the public school, and she told me they don’t test for dyslexia, and strongly suggested I get him tested.
This summer Carson was found to have dyslexia. It was actually a relief for me to finally find an answer. I see now that God had a plan for Carson all along. Why else would we end up at the only private school in the area that has a dyslexia program when I didn’t even know Carson had dyslexia when I chose that school? Carson is not part of the LLCA Dyslexia Center. The school year has been great so far! I can already see Carson;s personality changing back to more of the “old Carson.” He is getting more confident every day, and has his smile back.
Shannon Nine, Carson’s Mom