From failing in 4th grade to a master’s degree: A dyslexia success story
The year is 2022. Abraham has just attended his graduation ceremony, where he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management (*). Unlike most students diagnosed with dyslexia, Abraham obtained three degrees without accommodations. In fact, he refused accommodations of any kind since the day he was diagnosed with dyslexia in 4th grade. Edublox and a desire to overcome his learning disability are all it took to get him this far.
When Abraham was in 2nd grade, his mother, Alida, noticed that he was struggling to distinguish between sounds and letters. She had him tested by the school therapist, who assured them that it was still very early days and that they did not have to worry. In 3rd grade, it did not go any better, and on the school’s recommendation, his parents enrolled him at a reading center. It made no difference, and in 4th grade, after failing two consecutive quarters (**), they had him tested for dyslexia.
An educational psychologist determined that Abraham’s IQ is high-average. Based on IQ alone, he should be scoring between 70 and 80 percent. His scholastic problems were the result of dyslexia. At the age of ten and a half, Abraham’s reading accuracy equaled a child of 7 years and 3 months, and his reading speed was that of a 7-year-old. While his reading comprehension was on par, his spelling was weak and matched the typical child of 7.5 years.
Abraham’s parents did everything the psychologist recommended, including intensive remedial therapy for two years.
In 6th grade, the school called Alida and her husband in and suggested that they apply for oral examinations as Abraham’s spelling and writing were of such a nature that the teachers could not make out what he was writing.
Abraham was crushed, Alida recalls. “He cried night after night, did not want to go to school, and was tired of the extra classes and one test after another. He was not willing to do oral exams. His self-esteem was weak, and he believed something terrible was wrong with him.
“Out of desperation, I started looking for a solution on the Internet. I read about dyslexia, talked to therapists and psychologists to find a plan to support my child, got on my knees and prayed for a solution. Eventually, I came across Edublox’s website.
“I called, and with great conviction and motivation we got Abraham so far to try one more time and go for one more test.”
Abraham started Edublox in May of 2010. Not long after, Abraham told Alida that Edublox was working and that his reading and spelling were improving. “His self-esteem improved, and teachers asked us what we were doing to our child because he was so positive,” Alida remembers. “Even his writing began to improve.”
Abraham attended Edublox for one and a half years – one year for three hours per week and another half year for one and a half hours per week. Gradually, his reading and spelling improved, which resulted in better school results.
His school marks continued to improve even after he discontinued Edublox. His year-end average in 8th grade was 69%, and in 9th grade, 73%. He passed 12th grade, missing a B-average by one percent.
Upon entering university, Abraham and all his fellow students had to complete a compulsory reading program. To pass the program, one needs to read 207 words per minute with a comprehension rate of 80%. Abraham read 273 words per minute with 100% comprehension!
One can be sure that a bright future awaits Abraham. What will be next? A Ph.D.?
There are countless children whose stories resemble that of Abraham. Many might feel that their diagnosis is a life sentence that limits their academic potential. But Abraham’s story is proof otherwise. With the right help, they can overcome their learning challenges and one day proudly stand on stage wearing a graduating cap and gown.
* The Center for World University Rankings ranked Abraham’s university in the top 4,5% of universities in their 2022/2023 edition of the Global 2000 list.
** In 2007, Abram failed Term 2 and 3 of 4th grade. Below is his report:
SUBJECT Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 First Language 54 32 35 40 Second Language 59 50 32 52 Bible Studies 75 39 58 62 Math 53 42 40 50 Science 57 70 84 73 Geography 81 53 64 71 History 74 60 66 62 Health Education 51 42 61 52 Student average 63 49 55 58 Grade average 70 64 63 67 Pass/Fail P F F P
Alida, Abraham's mom Edublox Online Tutor July 13, 2022