Although all of our clients experience varying levels of
change, growth, and improved skills, many share that their
lives have been enhanced dramatically after completing The
Dyslexia Self-Management Training. One of the significant
shifts a person goes through during and after our training,
is that their self-esteem and outlook on life becomes boosted
and more positive. They no longer see themselves as
inferior to others, learning disabled, or not as smart as
everyone else. Imagine the power and renewal that this can
Besides improving their skills, this shift in self-concept alone can be instrumental
in their future successes. We have collected several stories,
comments, and letters for you to read. These may have been
written by the parent of a dyslexic child, a spouse, the client,
or educators. Read the stories of those who have completed
The Dyslexia Self-Management Training.
Lisa: Lisa, age 12, had been attending Special
Education classes and couldn't read past the first grade level.
After attending the DSMT her reading immediately jumped
to the third grade level. Her grandmother, who also attended
the program, wept as Lisa read smoothly and confidently. Lisa
continued to make great progress; at age 14 she read on the
seventh grade level and in high school she continues to progress
in regular education classes with her peers.
Mark: "I lost the whole fourth grade. I don't know
what happened to it. It's as if I wasn't there. Then the fifth
and sixth grade were bad also. I was flunking everything and
my parents were furious. The Dyslexia Training changed
all that. My grades have gone way up, and I am present and
accounted for in the world. I use the focusing techniques
all of the time.
Damien: Damien, now in his 20's, went through
the program in 1988 at the age of 14. He progressed from Special Day classes,
where he was reading on the first grade level, to only one
Special Education class in his senior year of high school.
He graduated from high school reading on the 11th grade level.
Formerly shy and unnoticed, he became one of the most popular
students, taking regular academic classes and excelling on
the varsity football team. He went to college on a sports
Sylvia: Sylvia entered the training in the
winter of 1993 at age 10. She progressed from second grade
reading level to sixth grade level during the 27-hour intensive
training program. She has received straight A's since that
time, is on the honor roll every semester, and is one of the
top students in her class. She went into the gifted and talented
class after the program, and is now enjoying honors classes
in high school. No one ever noticed her before her week with
us; she was quiet, scared, and thought she was stupid.
Heather: At the age of 14, Heather was floundering in school
before she came to The Dyslexia Center. After the one-week
intensive training program, she advanced several reading levels.
Heather transferred to another school, where teachers were
hand-picked for her every semester of her high school years.
She soon made the honor roll. In her senior year she won five
academic awards, ran track, was editor of the school newspaper,
and was the student speaker for her graduating class. Heather
spent a year in the Ukraine and returned to attend Santa Rosa
Junior College, excelling in her classes.
Nancy: "I used to be so stressed and anxious
that I had tremendous problems taking tests or remembering
anything. This program built up my confidence to go back to
school. It was a real stepping stone for me to return to the
academic arena, and it inspired me to go ahead and realize
my potential. I use focusing and visualization techniques
now to help me grasp and remember concepts, perform well as
a public speaker, and enhance my self-esteem. The program
gives tools that can apply to your whole life in any situation,
not just academics. Besides gaining mental stamina (last semester
I achieved a 3.8 grade point average), I now feel more relaxed,
diplomatic and comfortable in a variety of situations."
Gary: An accomplished man of 46, Gary owns his
own business. He entered the training several years ago as
a fifth grade reader. After the program, he was reading eighth
grade material smoothly. Highly motivated, Gary eagerly participated
in tutoring for several years, and now reads novels and writes
business letters. His confidence and his business have blossomed.
Scott: "I was burnt out on education. My whole dream was
crushed. I wanted to be a Certified Public Accountant, but
I couldn't complete the course. It was like going to the Olympics
and not getting the gold medal after so much training. I went
to a workshop with Betty Judah and after four hours she broke
through the walls of impossibility that I had set up. I then
attended the DSMT and regained my sense of respect and
validation. All my life I have felt as if I was left handed
in a right handed world with no accommodations available.
We live in a negative society with terrible misconceptions
about learning differences. I was given proven techniques
and tools I could apply to all aspects of my life. I learned
that with training, dyslexia is a talent. I no longer feel
like a handicapped person. I can do anything and be what I
want. If you do this program you will feel like a million."
Ellen: I became a recording artist and I signed
with a Christian record company. The company wanted to help
me as a budding artist by asking me to look at who I am so
that I could develop a ministry. The first thing they asked
me to do was to read three or four books a month. That just
sent me over the edge! I knew I couldn't read that many books.
That experience sent me on a journey to ask some life questions:
Why is it so difficult for me to understand visual information?
Why do I have to spend so much energy re-reading and getting
so many different inputs back for one sentence before I can
figure out what the heck the sentence means.
All that was three and a half years ago, before I came to The Dyslexia Center and had vision training with a developmental optometrist.
In my concerts I tell people about my journey and what dyslexia
means. Once you figure it out it is a cool talent to have;
it doesn't only have a dark side to it. Discovering my dyslexia
has been a major turning point in how I perceive life and
myself. I have learned to accept who I am; this is how I am
"hard wired." There is a lot of talent and potential
inside of me. I know now that I am smart. I just don't learn
in the conventional way."
Roxanne: "School was a failure, a struggle, and a nightmare. When someone tried to make eye contact with me, I would look away. I was exhausted and I didn't want to spend the rest of my life 'hitting the wall.' It took courage for me to come through the training but I am glad I did because now I have a different way of learning. I am more confident in all areas of my life. I am easier on myself, and if I make a mistake, I focus and try again. When I talk to someone, I look them right in the eye."
Parent: "We were being psychologically abusive to our child
because of his learning differences. All we knew was how to
get angry. The program helped us as parents to see who Michael
really was. He is totally different as a student now."
Catherine: I could see Catherine, my youngest daughter, was struggling
in school. It was almost indiscernable, something only a parent
or a teacher on a one-on-one basis would notice. I did some
research into it and the word "dyslexia" started
coming up. Then, when I read a description of what dyslexics
experience, I not only saw my daughter, I saw myself. We learned
about The Dyslexia Center and went through the program together
in January, 1998. Neither of us had ever experienced anything
so enlightening. We looked at each other in amazement. It
was like; "Oh, so this is why we see things the way we
do." This is why people expain something to us and we
don't seem to see it the way they do.
Things are very different now. It's like we gained a suitcase
of tools we can use for the rest of our lives, and it's created
a great bond between me and Catherine. We both know when we're
having our dyslexic moments. Sometimes she'll bring me around
and sometimes I'll bring her around. We're both happy for
each other's accomplishments.
When I'm trying to accomplish too many things at once, I
use the techniques I've learned for focusing and it really
Catherine's made the honor roll (which was her dream) for
the last two quarters. All her grades went up in the six months
since we went through the program. In math, she went from
a C minus to a B. In reading, she went from a B minus to an
A. On the last day of school I drove around to pick her up
and she was standing there waving that second honor roll certificate
like a flag. When she gets her grades I hug her and tell her
how happy I am for her and how I love her and she says, "But
thanks to you, too, mom." It's gone way beyond academia.
It's nothing short of amazing to me. Aren't we lucky? It's
changed our life.