“Thanks again for your help and encouragement, and most of all for this great program for Adam.”
I found your online program while looking specifically for ways to help Adam (who just turned 11), who finds spelling very difficult and reading new words (‘decoding’, I guess) equally tough.
My sister, who lives in the US, has just completed her Masters in Special Education. About a year ago when I was visiting her (I live in Britain) I was asking lots of questions about my concerns with Adam and she was a big help in narrowing down what might be the problem. At that time she had told me about the Orton-Gillingham method. So when I was searching online for programs I could do with Adam (we just started homeschooling both my boys in December, so over the last 6 months I’ve done lots of searching online for all kinds of things!!), your site must have come up in some sort of search I did, and when I saw the ‘Orton-Gillingham’, it reminded me of what my sister had said, and I jumped on it. And then when I saw I could also afford it and it could be done online, I figured this was definitely what I was looking for. I was so excited I called my sister and told her about you, too.
So over the last month or so, Adam has been working his way through the lessons. I was glad that he found all the consonant lessons easy—it gave him a good experience right away while getting used to the new program. Now that I see how much practice he has needed just learning these first two short vowels, I realize how amazing he’s done to read and spell as well as he does—nothing seems intuitive at all to him. But now he is really excited because already he can see the difference. In fact, just tonight he was trying to spell ‘music’. He had written ‘mucic’ and then ‘mucisc’ and knew they weren’t right, but was struggling to figure out where he was going wrong. (I saw from this that the poor guy just tries to memorize the spelling of every single word he has ever seen, since he has hardly any ‘rules’ to guide him). I told him the ‘mu’ was right and to listen for what the next sound in the word was. And right then a light bulb went off! He said, “Oh! It is /z/ so it must be either an ‘s’ or a ‘z’ and I’m pretty sure it isn’t a ‘z’).” Yea!!!
Thanks again for your help and encouragement, and most of all for this great program for Adam!
Kim Wilson / Britain