I remember sitting in the bathroom, fighting back tears. Why couldn’t I teach this obviously bright child how to read? Why couldn’t he write? Was it me? Was it our curriculum? I think we were on our third or fourth phonics curriculum and nothing seemed to work. I didn’t know if he’d ever learn.
Some people thought he’d do better if I gave up and put him in school, but my brother had been so hurt by ignorant teachers I just couldn’t do that. They didn’t understand that some children are twice exceptional – gifted AND struggling learners. They thought he was just goofing off.
I knew our boy would have the same problem.
At the same time, everyone was saying, “Don’t let them label him!” I didn’t realize that no one had to see his test results but us – unless we needed them to! I didn’t realize that a diagnosis might give us a direction to find help, either.
When he was ten or so, we heard Dianne Craft speak at a conference. I was amazed. Finally, someone who understood about kids who “were working too hard to learn!” We ordered the materials she recommended and got to work.
It was pretty awful at first. He hated doing the exercises. He thought it was “baby stuff,” and threw a fit every day for a while. Now he stands at our booth (when he’s with us) and tells parents, “Don’t listen to their complaining. This stuff changed my life.”It really did. That was the year he learned to read fluently. Later those materials helped him learn to write. Now away at school, he’s a senior whose college just endorsed him for the Rhodes Scholarship for graduate school. What? Yeah, God is good!
Anyway, I thought I ought to tell you our story as the school year is getting started and you might be thinking just what I did back then, “I don’t know if I can do this.”
Having a struggling learner is one of the hardest things I faced in homeschooling. Dianne Craft’s materials helped us get through it.
Your friend,Melanie Young
Today I am thankful for Dianne Craft. Before I heard of her, my little boy Jason could hardly read anything, struggled in school, couldn’t remember sight words and sounded everything out. A year later he is reading fluently and making tremendous progress. Thank God for the right brain strategies, the Right Brain Phonics Book, the Biology of Behavior CD set, I could go on and on. They work!
“I just want to share our story. I have a granddaughter who is struggling in many areas. I am working with her for 5 years, since she was 8. She could not retain anything – not even the letter sounds. We started BIT three years ago. She went from a non reader to a fluent reader this past year! We are still working on spelling, comprehension and other areas, but I just can say “THANK YOU” to Dianne Craft for this wonderful program! My granddaughter is a happy, confident 13 year old now!” -Estie
This quote “If ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool” reminds me of something Dianne Craft says when she is teaching on Right Brain techniques. If “Plan A” (which is Left Brain curriculum) isn’t working, then try Plan B (Right Brain stuff)! Let me tell you, we are loving Plan B when A doesn’t work! It’s FANTASTIC! What joy there is in knowing ways to help your kids learn no matter what their style or Brain Dominance is! It’s opened up the world of learning at our house, and we are so thankful and having so much more fun! Thank you Dianne Craft!
I want to share a win! I started using these methods with my daughter in March (age 6 at the time, 7 now). Today I assigned a simple report on an animal as part of her geography studies on grasslands. If I had assigned this in the Spring it would have resulted in tears, even if I had only asked for a single sentence and spelled each word for her as she went. Today she wrote three sentences on her own quite happily and has gained so much confidence! I can’t express how incredibly grateful I am for this program!
A year ago, my daughter could not consistently add 2 + 3. We got her going on the brain integration therapy and using the math and reading techniques Dianne suggested. This afternoon while we were waiting for sister to get out of physical therapy, we were playing a card game. At the end of the game, I had 18 cards and she had 28. She was talking to one of the volunteers about it and he asked her how many cards there were. In her head, she figured out that she had to add the two numbers, and she added them correctly.
Oh MY!!!!! First off, I’m working with a child who is missing the left half her brain. I wasn’t sure how well this program would work. She has a severe auditory block. Couldn’t repeat a 4-word sentence. Her reading comprehension was non-existent. We’ve been doing the program about 3 weeks. At first, she couldn’t do a single ear-eight, especially on her right side. Today, she did the whole regime on both sides. Then, as we read, she was able to tell me what she was reading and make extensions to other things she knows. I am in tears!
“We have had HUGE success with our 9 yr old. Trouble with math, writing reversals, writing was all over the page. Could not remember spelling words at all…we have a long way to go but she has been flourishing! I learned a whole new approach to teach spelling/math-I will forever be grateful to Diane craft for her program.” – Jacquie C
I wanted to share with you that my 12 year old FASD son has been following the Brain Integration Therapy for the past four weeks, as well as the Biology of Behavior nutritional plan during the same time period. He has started coming home with math and spelling tests with A’s on them, and even more importantly, he says he understands what’s going on in class and isn’t frustrated. Twice he has asked to read to me at night (this NEVER happened before) so he could show me what a good reader he is becoming. Words cannot express my gratitude, Dianne Craft!!
Omygoodness, Dianne – Thank you for your multiplication cards!!! This was my 4th grader’s second day of school here at home. He has already remembered the five cards we went over today!!! What encouragement to him and us parents when he didnt retain 3-9 nos. in third grade.