Josh was always popular at school. A great athlete and an avid storyteller, his friends and teachers thought the world of him. Until he got to first grade and it became noticeable that Josh was having a great deal of difficulty learning how to read. Josh became increasingly frustrated and began to avoid reading. His teacher reported that he went to the bathroom frequently. He got into fights at recess because he was getting teased. At home he complained of stomachaches and began refusing to go to school. Homework became a battle. Josh‘s parents were really worried. They spoke to the school’s on-site special educator who did some benchmarking and referred his parents for further psycho-educational testing.
Testing revealed that Josh had poor phonological awareness and was at significant risk for a reading disability. Recommendations included targeted, intensive instruction. This was provided through the Learning Center. Josh loved the one-on-one instruction and thrived with the support he received. Recently, he told his teacher that Learning Center is the best part of his day. Josh still has a way to go but he is on track for making excellent progress. Given the early intervention and the ongoing systematic instruction there is an excellent chance that Josh will leave third grade reading at the same level as his peers.