St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association Testimonials
St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association changed our lives. Our daughter began to struggle in school very early. The LDA completed an assessment and they identified two significant learning disabilities. And then, most importantly, they offered us hope. They have worked with her to teach her strategies to utilize her strengths to overcome her challenges. We have benefited from their tutoring services, and we have gained so much insight through their parent coaching programs. We’ve also learned that we’re not alone in our challenges! They’ve helped us realize there’s nothing “wrong” with our child – but so much that is unique about her! Have a child with learning disabilities is a journey down a different road. With their help, we’re developing a road map, and we’re able to appreciate the view.
Success Story: Summer Tutoring
“My son’s first year of tutoring was during a notoriously challenging 4th grade year at our school. His wonderful tutor helped him maintain his stamina, keep his head held high and finish out the school year strong. Due to the academic rigor, there were certain areas they simply did not have time to address during the regular school year. Summer tutoring allowed him to take a breath, be more relaxed, choose a book of interest and work on reading comprehension, speed, and overall fluency, in addition to basic math facts. He was refreshed and prepared to start 5th grade. It was so helpful to keep up with the skills over the summer.”
St. Louis LDA has changed the life of many of my students’ lives. One in particular was in 8th grade at the time she was connected with LDA. She had switched schools three times and was failing her classes. Once LDA got involved, they evaluated her and found where her strengths were along with areas which needed to be developed. She started working with one of LDA’s specialists who worked with not only her but also her parents to help them understand what their child was experiencing. Within a year, she began to show significant progress. Through high school, due to the strategies the student learned and implemented and the dedication of her parents providing support twice a week, her grades improved dramatically. She graduated with A’s, currently is a sophomore in college, and is on the Dean’s List. She and her parents constantly say their lives were positively impacted – all due to LDA.
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 rewarding of material. Getting my son what he needed was first and foremost on 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!
I have learned so much that I never thought I could.
I have referred many parents to LDA so that they can access the variety of services LDA provides. All parents rave about the services provided by LDA and are thrilled that they have found people who truly understand how their child learns and how it impacts the entire family.
We are very happy with the program and feel our daughter benefits from it more than any other tutoring she has been given.
I want to thank you again for the hope and confidence my son now is gaining due to assistance and guidance we received from your organization.
Last year my son was struggling in school, both academically and behaviorally. He had “hated” school for so long, and we never could really understand why. He was doing poorly in his classes, fighting with his teachers and hanging out with other kids who had also “lost hope.” We had tried seeking help from other organizations, but to no avail. By the time we came to you, all he talked about was dropping out at age 16 and getting into trouble.
Now, after your diagnosis of various learning disabilities and with regular therapy through a language therapist, he is doing so much better. He has been on the honor roll for the past three quarters and now talks about graduating and at least “trying” college. I just got a report on his behavior for this past quarter, and he has met his goal for focusing and being involved. All in just one short year!
I am so glad that he finally has a chance to succeed and be the best that he can be. We had him tested at school, and, as you predicted, based on the way he scored, he did not qualify for any assistance. Had we not gone through you, I don’t know that we would have considered outside language therapy, and I know we would not be in as good of a place as we are now.
Thank you for all your help, with a special thanks to Barbara Talent!
Thank you so much!