Last week the phone at the office rang, as it does many times every day.
“Welcome to Sonic Learning, my name is Claire, how can I help?”
“My son Ayden is in year 4 and he is reading at a year 2 level. His teacher says he’ll catch up by himself. But that’s what his year 1, 2 and 3 teachers said. Will he catch up?” said the unsure voice on the other end of the line.
My heart skipped a beat. This is a common way for an enquiry call to begin at our clinic but the panic in this mum’s voice was heartbreaking.
It was obvious that she’d put all her trust in her son’s teachers to “fix” his reading problem but he was still falling behind.
She had come to a point where the walls seemed to be closing in around her and she had no idea what to do about it.
This mum’s common sense told her that if her son was already falling behind, he wasn’t going to start progressing faster without help – in fact, the opposite would happen – he’d fall further and further behind, which was already happening.
We chatted some more and discovered that Ayden had symptoms of poor memory and trouble processing information quickly. Ayden is an intelligent kid, he’s just not good at reading and he doesn’t have the foundational skills that are needed to read well.
Kids like Ayden are in every classroom and often they just need someone to believe in them and provide them with the boost they need (and encourage and support them while they’re working on that boost).