When Nate was just a little guy in kindergarten, his teacher was relentlessly critical of him. It scared Nate and squashed his self confidence. After that disaster, I home schooled him for a few years.
It was when he was doing 3rd grade math and was not able to learn his times tables that I began to wonder if Nate had a learning disability. Nate had other problems, too. His handwriting was horrible, his spelling was really poor, and it was hard for him to express his thoughts. On top of that, Nate had an awkward running gait and had a hard time catching a ball. Looking back, that combination of traits was definitely pointing towards learning disabilities, but it wasn’t until he was ten years old that my husband and I had Nate tested.
What we learned from his tests was devastating. Nate was diagnosed with not one or two but three disabilities: dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing) and dyscalulia (math). We knew his education would be limited tremendously. No college. His goals for a career – gone.
When we placed Nate in a private school that allows children to learn at their own pace, he was a few years below grade level in his subjects and had a long way to go.
Even though I was skeptical, my husband and I enrolled Nate for brain training at Brain Works. I couldn’t imagine how listening to certain musical frequencies, participating in visual-motor-balance activities and doing a language program with a microphone would help our son’s learning. What we were told was those activities would stimulate his brain to reorganize, grow new pathways and fill in the gaps that caused his disabilities.
Guess what happened? Nate’s learning disabilities faded until they were almost nonexistent! Six weeks into the brain training program, I almost cried when I heard Nate read aloud. His reading was no longer choppy. The words just flowed out like water. Even now, it is so beautiful to hear Nate read.
It doesn’t end there. Nate’s handwriting is amazingly easy to read; he knows most of his multiplication facts, and he can communicate his thoughts instead of giving one word answers. Nate is in football, running well and throwing and catching the ball just fine.
I could go on with more improvements, but none can compare with the fact that Nate, who had been a few grade levels behind, is now working at grade level and has all A’s and B’s!
Thanks, Brain Works, for providing Nate with the opportunity to reach his life goals. Nate’s test results had left us feeling hopeless. Now his entire future is open. He is no longer limited. Nate can go to college and be anything he wants. Thank you for restoring hope.