Hayden Hated School

The right tutor, using the right program, can change everything — as this parent shared:

Hayden was not diagnosed with dyslexia until fifth grade.

Looking back, however, there were signs: family history, hours spent on homework that should have taken less than half the time to complete, trouble memorizing spelling words for the weekly test, not reading at grade level and the most obvious, but missed, was dysgraphia.

Hayden did not verbally communicate his struggles. He just said he hated school. His behavior at school was fine. In fact, the teachers loved him. Where we noticed problems were outbursts of anger and frustration at home and during sports.

So we decided to hit a reset button and pull him from all things not related to school.

We sent him to tutoring at Kumon, which only made things worse because he was sent home with lots more work to complete.

We also made him practice handwriting for a half an hour a day, which again,  only made things worse.

I had a friend who was certified to test for dyslexia and after talking with her and having him tested, she confirmed Hayden was dyslexic. She had a list of recommendations.

On the top of her list was getting Hayden into tutoring with the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and Kelly Christian was the tutor she recommended.

When we met with Kelly, she was not only super sweet and personable, but she really knew what we were struggling with.

Hayden began tutoring with Kelly two times a week in June 2016.  She made tutoring fun, and they developed a great relationship.  He did not fight going, and we started to see positive changes right away. His grades started to improve and so did his attitude.

Using the new techniques Kelly showed him, Hayden started reading again and was even able to understand why words are spelled the way they are and how to break them down into the smaller root word.

He completed the 10 level program in just under 3 years, in March 2019.

Hayden is a different student now. He understands what he’s learning and doesn’t hate school.

By showing him the reasons why, and the different tricks we dyslexics can use to learn and remember, Hayden is back at grade level and ready for high school.

Kari Carlson, parent
San Clemente, California

One response

  1. Sheryl Hoftiezer | Reply

    I am a substitute teacher solely teaching special needs classrooms. It has been interesting because I am not allowed to use the
    term dyslexia because it is a medical term and due to potential support services that could be offered, it does not exist. I see kids struggle to the point where they can not even imprint simple sight words, forget phonetic skills.
    Is this a pattern typical in many districts???

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