25 Oct Case Study: Lifelong Help for Learning Disabilities
Kyle’s parents brought him for an assessment to Edublox on 6 June 2010. Kyle, a Grade 3 learner, was struggling. He read slowly and hesitantly, reversed b’s and d’s, had spelling difficulties and even failed to copy correctly. He had been at another remedial reading facility for almost two years previously, but this clearly wasn’t yielding any results. He scored 2 (Partially Achieved) for Prepared Reading and 1 (Not Achieved) for Unprepared Reading on his Grade 3, first term report:
Kyle was assessed on the Essi Reading and Spelling Test, on a Grade 3, second term level. Norms for the tests, available for each term, have been calculated in the form of stanines and percentile ranks.
Of children doing the test,
4% score a stanine of 1 (VERY POOR)
19% score a stanine of 2 or 3 (POOR)
54% score a stanine of 4, 5 or 6 (AVERAGE)
19% score a stanine of 7 or 8 (GOOD)
4% score a stanine of 9 (VERY GOOD)
Kyle was able to read only 3 of the 20 words in the reading test, which equals a stanine of 2 (POOR). He tried to sound out the letters of the other 17 words, but was either unable to say the correct word, or simply said “I don’t know” (his answer to 12 of the 20 words).
He scored 4 out of 20 for the spelling test, which equals a stanine of 3 (POOR). He would spell most of the words as they sound. Below is his attempt to spell knife, full, pocket, true, wrong and dirty:
Our assessment determined that Kyle was struggling with reading and spelling as a result of weak cognitive skills, especially directionality (causing reversals of b’s and d’s), poor form perception, poor auditory processing, and a limited eye span.
64% on the Form Perception Assessment
92% on the Visual Memory Assessment
70% on the Auditory Memory Assessment
42% on the Eye Span Assessment 33% on the Logical Thinking Assessment
SCALE: 90%-100% — Very good/Development will further increase the skill level. 80%-89% — Good/Development will further increase the skill level. 70%-79% — Average/Development is necessary. 0%-69% — Below average/Development is essential.
Due to distance (the family stayed an hour’s drive from the closest Edublox clinic) Kyle couldn’t attend the recommended two Edublox classes per week. He therefore attended only one Edublox class per week, and used a home program.
A year later, by June 2011, it was clear that Kyle had overcome his reading and learning difficulties, and Edublox was discontinued. Kyle’s father wrote: “Within less than a one year period at Edublox, Kyle has progressed from a borderline failure pupil to an ‘A’ achiever. His first term Grade 3 report in 2010 consisted mainly of 2’s and a few 3’s, however by the end of the year he mainly had 3’s and a few 4’s. Then came the first term in Grade 4 this year and he achieved 4’s in all his subjects. My wife and I had tears in our eyes. His interim results for the second term have also indicated the same trend as for the first.
“Not only did Kyle’s academic results and achievements improve remarkably, but so did his self esteem and confidence in his extra mural activities. His athletics improved to the extent that he represented his school for the first time this year, and his rugby and cricket are growing from strength to strength. He is part of the school team in both sports. Kyle’s temperament has also changed considerably and he is much more relaxed and concentrative than before.
“The trips to Pretoria from Witbank on Saturday mornings this past year have been more than worthwhile, and we can honestly say that Kyle enjoyed and looked forward to each Saturday class. We have and will continue to recommend Edublox to parents who have experienced similar circumstances with their children, and once again wish to say a big thank you.”
Kyle continued do well in school. Below is his 2011 year-end report:
Update, November 2013
From: Christie, Mike [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 13 November 2013 08:35 AM
To: Edublox PTA East
Subject: RE: Kyle
How you keeping? Just a quick update on Kyle for you:
Vice Head Boy (2014)
Vice Leader Landsdiens (2014)
U/13 Mpumalanga Hockey Team (2014)
Captain U/12 School Cricket team (2012/2013) – Runners up Mpumalanga schools championships
U12 School Hockey team (2013) – Mpumalanga schools Champions
Academics this year so far averaging 75 – 80% (Received merits for Maths and Social Science)
Mike Christie +27 82 924 3103
Update, November 2014
Edublox Online Tutor offers multisensory cognitive training that enables learners to overcome learning obstacles and reach their full potential. Over the last 30+ years, the company behind the Online Tutor e-learning platform, Edublox, has helped thousands of children to read, learn and achieve through home kits and learning clinics internationally. Our programs are founded on pedagogical research and more than three decades of experience demonstrating that weak underlying cognitive skills account for the majority of learning difficulties. Specific brain-training exercises can strengthen these weaknesses leading to increased performance in reading, spelling, writing, math and learning.