Those six simple words changed our lives forever. Only the first six weeks of Kindergarten had gone by but already my son's teacher had noticed that and he was not picking up on letters, sounds and the reading process as she would have predicted based on his verbal skills. I was in a state of shock and disbelief. At age 5, Josh had the verbal communication skills equal to most adults and had incredible logic, reasoning and memory skills for his age. He had attended a pre-school program at USF run by their Education Department. I had noticed that he did not seem to be as interested in the letter and writing centers there but whenever I raised a question or concern about Josh's development, I was always told that he was above level and that "boys are just not interested in those things."
I had no idea the journey we were all beginning.
For the next 16 years, our lives would consist of various therapies, interventions, meetings, changing schools, researching, training and educating myself with the most current, research-based methods that work with children with learning differences. Through this incredible, fascinating and at times frustrating and exhausting journey, we have created the most successful reading program in the Bay area.