Success Story Shared by a Student of a St. Louis LDA Tutor
Joe was a challenging student for any second grade teacher. He was the best example of a frustrated student I have ever run across. He came from Canada and was enrolled in a French Language immersion school there. His language impairment was not yet diagnosed so he was lost in two languages! He had no phonetic skills that would help him read. When Joe's parents came to St. Louis LDA they were looking for an answer. I took him on my caseload with the hope that I could get him to follow classroom rules and be a student that was trying to learn. Joe would repeatedly be out of his seat and disrupt the learning of the other students in the classroom.
I began the Let's Read program with him to go back to the very basics of reading. He devoured the attention and knowledge he was gaining. I had him on a very intensive program (5 sessions per week). Joe began reading books on his own and paying attention in class. Because he had missed so much in school for much too long, parents, teacher, and I decided to have him repeat second grade. This was a difficult decision for all, but it turned out to be an excellent one for Joe. His sessions began to decrease to 4 then 3 and eventually twice a week. He was keeping up with school work and reading 3 grade levels above his placement when he was in 5th grade.
He is definitely a personal success story and one for St. Louis LDA!
During the elementary school years, both of our children who are now 16 & 19 struggled in school, the school district was not very helpful and we were not sure where to start getting them help. Then I found out about LDA, they gave me resources and helpful information, then came in to the school as consultants for both children. They were great and gave us hope and guidance and the girls got the services they needed. Today they are both successful in academics and social situations. We owe their success to LDA!
My daughter was struggling in school and her self esteem was beginning to fade. We noticed that she had some reading issues and spoke with our pediatrician. He recommended testing at LDA. We went for testing and everyone was very helpful and understanding. The testing was completed with care and compassion. The results of the testing were thorough and clear. Our daughter started tutoring and within a few months we could see a boost in her self esteem. I wish we would have contacted LDA sooner.
My daughter was struggling in school at the end of first grade. We had her tested by LDA and they provided invaluable insights into her learning styles and issues so that we could communicate with her school and help her be successful. So far second grade has been wonderful and she is happy and confident at school.
My son was struggling in high school. An LDA consultant went with me to meetings with his school and was able to get him the services he needed to be successful, whether it was extra time on tests or rewording of material or whatever. Getting my son what he needed was first and foremost in my consultant's mind and it was obvious not only to those of us in the room during the meetings but also with my son. He still talks about her.
the St Louis LDA was instrumental in getting my daughter the help she needs at school. I attended countless meetings with the "CARE team" at school and jumped through every hoop they threw my way, and yet I still could not get her the help she needed. In despair I contacted the LDA and they gave me timely and critical information that changed the way the school was looking at her challenges. When I brought an advocate to our next meeting we got more assistance than I would have dreamed possible. We also began using the tutoring services at LDA. The tutors are wonderful and truly understood what my daughter needed and how to motivate her. Everyone at LDA is there for the children and their love and committment to helping these kids is undeniable. I feel blessed to have found the LDA and apprecaite everything they have done for my family.
LDA has been a great source of support in many ways for many years. There was after school tutoring for my son as well as testing services to evaluate his needs and get him more help at school. They have great caring staff and are a wealth of information and connection to language and other professionals who can help struggling students. Thanks LDA!
My middle school daughter is finally off to a great start in 7th grade after so many years of struggling. The summer workshop on study skills taught her how to advocate for herself and use the techniques that work for her own learning style.
When I have questions about planning my child's services for learning disabilities, I often contact an LDA educational consultant and have always received very helpful information and new perspectives. My child's teachers and service providers are quite good but it is always helpful to have another point of view. Most importantly, I think it is extremely reassuring to know there is always someone there you can call.