19 Jul Overcoming Learning Challenges: 70+ Videos, Testimonials and Reviews
Below are testimonials, reviews and video clips, covering Edublox clients of all age groups, from all over the world, at various stages of implementation, and for various needs — from improving the cognitive skills of children without learning difficulties to overcoming dyslexia, dysgraphia, math problems, et cetera. Long success stories, case studies and research studies have their own pages. To view all our success stories, click here..
Our Demo Video:
Laura Poland-Trudel, Canada:
I have a dyslexic boy who is now ten. He is going into Grade Five. He usually ends his year with a fail in reading and writing. Since Grade Two the school has wanted him to repeat his year and I have refused, promising to try to help him myself. We have been through many different programs (at school and at home), with very little results.
We began Edublox about six weeks before Grade Four ended. His concentration has greatly improved; he actually listens to what the teacher is saying; less clowning in class. He can now actually pick up a book and read on his own, something he never did before. The principal called me to tell me that for the first time my son passed all his courses! He got a C in reading and a B in writing!
Mrs. P. J. Spibey, Remedial Teacher, Australia:
I would like to tell you how impressed I am with the Edublox program. I worked with 10 children last year and we did one hour, three times per week for the whole year. I had one child in the class that I had been doing remedial work with the previous three years with no sign of progress. He remained a real worry to me as to his parents. After only one year of Edublox, he ended up at the end of last year in the top of his class. He has gained confidence in his abilities and I feel is on the road to success.
Mrs. Fouche, South Africa:
We saw an occupational therapist and a psychologist. We sent him for extra classes and remedial classes. Without success. He was a reserved boy with little self-confidence and a very low self-esteem. He lost courage in high school and scored very low marks. He hated school, was depressed and rebellious, and could not accept his problems….
Jaco has already achieved success in the four months during which he has been using Edublox. He is now cheerful and self-confident. He realized that he is not stupid. His ability to concentrate and his work tempo have improved drastically. It is no longer unusual to see him read a newspaper or magazine and then to tell me what he has read. He now seldom spells words when reading. His whole attitude towards school has changed. Previously he was satisfied if he scored 33.3 percent. Now he aspires after high marks.
We are confident that Jaco’s problem will soon be something of the past, that he will be able to attain his full potential and be a happy young man with lots of ambition. (Letter translated)
My daughter has dyslexia and we were told two years ago that she would not be able to read or write, but we have achieved amazing results with Edublox and she is in a mainstream school and coping well. Her favourite hobby is, believe it or not, reading.
R. Lewis, US:
I am a very enthusiastic newcomer. I bought the program for my nine-year-old son, Quintin, and am already so excited about his progress with the program. Sheryl has been a tremendous resource and her input has been invaluable. I have been truly amazed at how quickly we have seen progress with his focus and concentration skills and how that has translated to improved reading skills.
Radio Interview, Overcoming Reading and Learning Difficulties:
After years of therapy Shirley Lindecke’s son was still struggling with reading and learning. But then she heard about Edublox and her son’s life changed. Listen to her story as told on Radio SAfm.
Leila Wangari, Kenya:
It is with great joy I am writing to you. I received my Edublox kit but could not start in August due to some constraints, however I started in October and the results were more than a thrill. My son has been at a score of 250 out of 500 for long, but after doing half an hour every morning before he goes to school at the end of the term he made a progress of 321. His teachers are also overwhelmed with his reading and the confidence he has developed.
Mrs. L. Ritchie:
His change is nothing short of miraculous according to his teachers. In the first term he could not read and they were very worried about him. Now he is the top reader in his class.
Susan Kane, Duncraig, Perth, Australia:
When it was suggested to me that I try my 6-year-old son with Edublox, I was sceptical. Many felt that he could not do anything! His self-esteem and confidence was low and concentration span extremely small. Harry was so slow in doing anything.
Things were not going better at school, a few months into his first year and we were struggling. Corna asked me to give it 6 months. It was worth the try. Over the last 6 months the change in Harry’s abilities and the opinion of himself has been very dramatic. He has continually improved in all areas of learning. He has come ahead in school in leaps and bounds. His reading skills are excellent and I was recently informed by his teacher that he is performing above average. OK, Harry is not the fastest kid on the block, but Edublox has given him the skills and I believe the confidence to work with what he has got, and that is quite exceptional. In the ordinary school environment this is not necessarily recognized, but with Edublox and with the enthusiastic and strong leadership of Corna he has been able to develop. Harry is very happy to attend his sessions and can explain what it is all about and what he does during a session.
I am very sorry to be leaving Perth as I am taking Harry away from Edublox, but I can see the foundations have been laid and he will not go backwards. (I hope there is Edublox where we are going to the East of Australia.)
Both Harry and I are very grateful for finding this system and for the excellent results. We also thank Corna for her determined and caring approach, which has brought out the best in Harry.
Before starting with Edublox I was told by the Child Development Centre that Harry was ADHD. I did not believe this to be true at all! He was just a bit lost and confused and needed direction on how to concentrate. Edublox has given this to him.
Within only a few weeks after starting the Edublox program with her, I could already notice a difference. She started things with considerably more self-confidence. She also started reading words and phrases on buildings and trucks as we drove past. That was clear indication to me that she was now reading with more confidence than before. She unexpectedly announced one afternoon that she was going to the café on her bicycle. That was a complete surprise, as she would never have done something like that before.
Tanja has now developed into a girl with so much self-confidence that she has become a real little teaser in class. She enjoys teasing other children and likes having fun. She always has a smile on her little face. In addition, she has developed into a real little leader in her group.
She concentrates much better and in general is much more observant than before. She performs better in all school subjects. I am pleased to say that my child’s whole being has changed, thanks to the Edublox program.
Mr. and Mrs. van Heerden:
Now, after three months, his work has already improved remarkably. Where previously he was reluctant and often even refused to read, he is now eager to read and sometimes even asks his teacher for an extra reading lesson. His tendency to reverse words — he often read words like “net” as “ten” — has disappeared and the reversal of letters and figures has diminished drastically. All this has of course improved his reading speed. The same improvements are also noticeable in his written work. His concentration, memory and self-confidence have also improved and the effect of this can be seen in his general schoolwork. Even his coordination has improved. We can really recommend the program to all people with reading and/or learning problems. (Letter translated)
Is it b or d? Overcoming Letter Reversals:
Edublox programs are effective in overcoming reversals, for example when a child reads “dog” as “bog” or looks at the written word “was” and reads it as “saw”, etc.
Wendy and John Davidson:
At the beginning of the school year we were told by the teacher that Brent in Grade 2 had a maths problem and was reading at the age of a 5 year old. Brent is 7 years old. We were told that he would probably have to go to a remedial school, but we were not happy with this option. We heard about Edublox and after a lot of research we thought that this was an option to take.
So we started Brent on the Edublox program in March. The results have proved themselves… We have had reports back from the teacher that he is producing the most amazing maths, his concentration levels are great, his memory has improved drastically, his reading has improved and his self-confidence has also improved. Last term he came third in a class of 26 children for spelling.
Mrs. M. Nieuwoudt:
The Edublox learning program was the direct cause of the fact that my child was one of four in his class who received book prizes for achievement. Thank you again for all your help. I shall definitely continue to make use of it for many more years to come. (Letter translated)
Mrs. van Zyl, Namibia:
She now carries out instructions after they have been given once only and completes her work in the allotted time. She concentrates better and does not reverse any more. For the first time she received a certificate at last year’s prize giving…
Ronel enjoys the course and her excitement is indescribable when she gets a whole sequence of blocks correct. We as parents are thankful that — after consulting many other therapists — we now have the opportunity to help our child at home. (Letter translated)
Mrs. T. Wepener:
Brent is now in sixth grade. He has always had difficulty with his spelling, but as the work became more difficult, his spelling caused him to lose interest in reading and marks because of spelling errors.
We were introduced to Edublox and we felt we had to give Brent the opportunity to try to improve his problem. He has now been doing Edublox for six weeks and not only has it improved his spelling, but it has made Brent more confident in his schoolwork and more interested, which in turn has made it more enjoyable. He will now even try to read an article whereas before he would not.
Brent himself thoroughly enjoys the Edublox lessons and definitely feels he has gained a lot. He finds his concentration has improved and also that he is more aware throughout the day.
Mrs. K. G. Robertson:
My son has suffered from dyslexia and has tried the following: Remedial teaching, extra lessons and occupational therapy. Unfortunately, although there was an improvement my son’s problem remained. This resulted in him avoiding any reading and writing. He developed behavioral problems. He was ashamed of his dyslexia.
We started Edublox and within a period of two months he improved to the extent that he will pick up and read a newspaper or magazine of his own free will — without prompting. He has stopped reversing and substituting the letters b, p, and d. He writes messages freely.
The Edublox program has made an immense difference.
Experts said her daughter has intellectual challenges and would never read, but at Edublox success started on Day 2. This video brings you the first episode of Naledi’s story, as told through her mother’s eyes.
During the third and fourth term of Grade 2, my son did very poorly in maths. His confidence took a knock and he became very emotional and anxious when it came to written tests. We decided to put him in Edublox and Mathblox classes for Grade 3. Within six weeks I noticed a huge difference in him. His confidence grew amazingly and the tears stopped! He was quite simply – a different child! In his first written maths test for Grade 3 he got 77% – the second highest in his class.
D. C. Thaker, Dubai:
I am happy to inform you that Rajat (my son) has made considerable progress. His reversals have almost disappeared and his attention span has also increased more than before, though that’s an area that needs to be worked on more and we will continue to make him work. Thanks a lot for your help and input.
I thought you’d appreciate a little update. We’ve only been following the program to get our son’s language back for about 6 weeks now. Everyone who knows our son has been telling us how much they’ve noticed how his speech has improved. Everyone is amazed at how quickly he’s improved and they want to know what we’re doing differently. Even the speech therapist is impressed with the results we’re seeing. He is using longer and longer sentences to communicate what he wants or needs. Thank you again for sending me the instructions, it has made a tremendous difference! We will keep at it until his language catches up with his reading ability.
Hope you are well. Just to update you. Jayden passed grade 4 last year and I feel had we not enrolled him with Edublox he wouldn’t have made it, as he did not do well in his first three terms. He improved in all his subjects but he still has issues with maths. He was promoted to continue with his other subjects on condition that he still gets addition assistance for maths.
So far so good with what he has been doing – getting good marks for his Afrikaans and English spelling tests and for one maths test he got 17 out of 20!! Very proud of him. He likes to do his homework by himself (I do check) and he seems to have more understanding.
I believe with Edublox’s continuous help he will improve more and more.
Mrs. P. J. van der Walt:
I must advise that Ilze’s progress has been very positive and I can almost say that she is going from strength to strength with regards her schoolwork. I have had so many positive reports from her teachers and not only have her Math and English improved but also her drawings in general, her attitude towards school and she remembers things much better. In fact, last term before the main exam started they were given a history test (this I might add was an unprepared and unlearned history test). She was the only one in the class who got full marks.
Mrs. Annette du Toit:
Lize learns much more easily and her Math increased by 24% over the last term. Her teacher was truly amazed.
Dewald Defies Learning Deficits:
Dewald was born deaf of deaf. Both his parents are deaf as well as his younger brother. Because he was failing English Literacy, Mathematics and Sign Language, Dewald attended a 10-day, 43-hour Edublox course. Watch the video to see the results.
Mrs. Turnbull, Keswick, Cumbria, UK:
Since the start of the Edublox programme I have noticed a change in Bryan’s attitude to reading although sitting down to read text is not his favourite pass-time. I have noticed that he that he is more willing to try and read signs, instructions for toys, flowers and plant names at garden centres etc., things that once went unnoticed.
Leslieanne and Paul Cartmell, Keswick, Cumbria, UK:
The Edublox pilot scheme has brought Darren on 100% in reading, concentration, memory and spelling (and others listed overleaf). His reading ability is now wonderful compared to 6 months ago. He has enjoyed coming every morning and has never moaned about setting off early. Edublox has been wonderful.
Wendy, South Africa:
I was very excited to read about your internet site. I’m a mother who used Edublox for our daughters 17 years ago and really had great success with it. We were told that neither of them would be able to complete school and would probably have to leave after Std 8. Well, with lots of prayers and Edublox they both passed matric, each with 1 distinction…
We enrolled at Edublox because we needed to improve on Darren’s reading. He also needs some help with concentration.
His reading has improved a lot and his understanding of what he reads. His school marks have improved, including his maths. He can also spend more time in front of his books when studying, because his attitude towards reading is more positive.
Mrs. D. Duff, Teacher and Parent, US:
I am a big fan of your program. I purchased a kit many years ago for my daughter and saw the miracles this program can work. As a former SpEd teacher and parent, I am amazed that more schools have not picked up this and tried it. I am writing to inquire if you have any research or data on Edublox and deaf/hard of hearing students…
Moagi’s teacher was raving about his improvement during our last 1 on 1 and she asked for details so that she can recommend the programme to some parents in her class. Moagi is now working independently, his reading and confidence has improved a lot since Edublox. He gets 10/10 every week on his spelling tests, and brags every week that he’s a super speller when he gets into the car!
So once again… know that I appreciate all you ladies do from the bottom of my heart! Thank you.
Phyllis Kariuki, Kenya:
The boy did his mid-term test so well he was rewarded the most improved child in his class. He scored 433 marks out of 500 where he used to score less than 350. He is so happy with his results and he is very confident that he will still perform well in the end of year exam.
I would like to inform you that my child Jason Robinson, who started the Edublox program two weeks before final exams, has passed Grade Nine. This is a huge miracle as I was sure that he would have to repeat, a second time. He did not fail a single subject, yet mid-year there was almost no hope. From what I could see, he did not study any more hours than he usually did, so it could only be Edublox that helped him.
Special Needs Children: Miracles Do Happen:
The story of Sonja, who soon after birth contracted meningitis and encephalitis, causing severe brain damage. Doctors said she would never read nor write. That was until her parents heard about our program, and Sonja learned to read in 60 days. This video has been viewed more than 35,000 times since 2008:
Mrs. S. Scarborough, US:
We have been doing Edulox in 1 hr sessions — we have completed 32 sessions. I have already noticed some changes in her “reading behavior,” most notably, she wants to read. One night she took 9 books to bed, I almost cried. I can only credit Edublox because nothing else has changed.
Sonia, Teacher, Mauritius:
My name is Sonia I am responsible for the SEN Department in an International school in Mauritius. I came to know about Edublox through one of my students. She entered school and had already been diagnosed as being a dyslexic at her previous school. You would never had imagined that she could have been dyslexic if you had not been told as she did not present any symptom of dyslexia…. I asked her about her “secret” and her father replied that he used Edublox with her everyday for quite a while. He tried many other means to help her overcome her dyslexia before but the only thing that gave good and lasting results was Edublox.
He lent me his set and I tried it with a group of students aged between 11-16 and I was very amazed to see that their results improved and they were more confident. I also tried Edublox with one of my student suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. He really appreciated it and it helped him to communicate and developed his motor coordination skills.
Now, I am convinced with the product…as it is not only a product it changes people’s life… I strongly recommend Edublox to anyone!
Leigh-Ann Henney-van Heerden:
My husband and I would like to thank you and your team for the work and effort that you do in enriching not just ours but the rest of the children’s lives.
Chadley’s reading has definitely improved and he certainly has more confidence in doing so. There is no need for me to write sentences for him, he does that on his own and only asks for help when he struggles or is unsure about something. He will surely be attending each and every class until you tell us otherwise.
Wendy J v Rensburg, USAID Southern Africa:
I would just like to let you know that I’ve noticed improvement in Brandon’s progress at school so far. Since coming out of the holiday program and starting the term I’ve noticed that he has started to pay more attention on his workload. He has started to pay more attention to his homework whereas before he was never interested and used to bring them all home where i had to sit and help him with it. He is now doing his homework at school and even completing most of it. His self-esteem has improved slightly and I see a positive attitude of wanting to do well. I did not think that this program would work so quickly but I’m glad that it did.
Adele van der Merwe:
My daughter, Kayla, struggled constantly with school work from grade one. Teachers would say that something is not right but they don’t know what the problem is. After pursuing numerous avenues, we finally found Edublox… Firstly, I noticed that her confidence was growing, then she started to excel in her languages and she started to comprehend what she was reading. I am very proud and relieved to see how her marks have improved. I would highly recommend Edublox and am thankful to the excellent and caring personnel of Edublox because without them it would not have been possible.
Radio Interview, An Incredible Story of Hope:
Lameez Armien shares an incredible story of hope, of how she discovered Edublox and how it has helped her children overcome major learning challenges. The interview was broadcast on Radio 786 on 19 January 2016:
I am so grateful to God and to you and the staff at Edublox. Justin has only been there for the past four weeks. I had a meeting with his teacher yesterday and she says she already sees a change in him. His reading has improved as well as his writing and spelling. He received his first badge yesterday for good work and he was so proud.
Thank you so much to you and your teachers for what you have done so far. I now look forward to see him grow more with your guys’ help.
Erin was diagnosed with ADHD about two years ago. She enrolled at Edublox due to the fact that she has difficulty concentrating, eligible handwriting, poor memory and struggled to read. Since enrolling at Edublox I have found that her reading has improved and her teacher told me that her concentration span has increased. Her handwriting has also improved. I have seen a fast improvement, but think that she might still need to improve her reading and spelling.
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the staff of Edublox West Rand for the work well done on Silindo. It feels that I did not waste my money and time. His attitude towards school work and going to school has changed a lot. He is more confident about his work, he is also one of the top learners in his class. I’m so proud of Silindo, even his teacher is. He is going to Grade 4 with flying colours.
I would like to thank you and your team for the work you have done with Munawwar to date. He is showing excellent performance at school and reading books fluently, roads signs, advertisements. Anything that has a letter he will try his utmost to spell.
I had a chat with his teacher at school last week and she is so proud of him, even though he is a chatter box in class he has improved over the last couple of months. The concern that she had in February is GONE…. My only concern is his handwriting.
Colin and Karen:
Cole came to see you in Feb and did the study course with you in April. His results this last term were awesome. He pulled his average up by 5% to 88% and even got 100% for maths. It has improved his self confidence dramatically and he even studies less. In the past we used to study over weekends, now we will not even open a book over the weekend. Just learning how to study effectively and what works for him has really worked. He no longer feels he can’t do English and came from 47% first term to 91% this last term.
My son is 10 years old and in 4th grade. We have started with Edublox in November 2005 and so far done about 90 hours of the Dyslexia Program. Towards the end of last year, it was suggested to me that he should go to a remedial school. At the end of the first term this year, he brought home a lovely report card: 70% for English, 82% for Maths, etc. My son is over the moon with these results. We are of course carrying on with the program [towards 250 hours]. If one works hard and perseveres, Edublox is a miracle worker. There really IS light at the end of the tunnel…
Linda, South Africa:
Jordan battled to read and his teachers were very concerned. Within two weeks of introducing Edublox, they couldn’t believe the improvement. Within 4 months, his report from his teacher was “the change in Jordan is nothing short of miraculous.” He is now the top reader in the class.
I have been using Edublox with my 9 year old son since February (1/2 hour, 5 days per week). His reading wasn’t terrible, just very slow, lots of sounding out, guessing, and misread little words. OK, maybe his reading was terrible, LOL! Anyway, since February, his oral reading speed has increased by 2 grade levels and in May he started reading for pleasure! He read something like 1000 pages on his own (Boxcar Children type books) in May. In contrast, he read about 200 pages on his own the previous month and I was making him do it. I’m pretty sure it was the Edublox that helped him so dramatically.
Sarah Hinson, US:
I have seen much improvement with my son’s school work! I did a crash course of 20 hours the first week and just on the first day he was up to 23 blocks on the sequencing exercise and now he is up to 30! I remember him saying that first week that he felt his head being “tingly and itchy.” I told him we were rewiring his brain!! I was very excited! His reading is slow, 72 word cards now, but still a major improvement in such a short time. He will actually pick up things to read on his own and choose books at the library which he never, never has done before; he is 11 years old by the way. My husband and I are so happy with the program. Thank you!
Vyckie Bennett, Northeast Nebraska, US:
I have been using Edublox with 5 of my 7 children for almost two weeks now. The more familiar I become with the program the better I like it.
This really is an amazing program. It is simple enough to be do-able — exercises are straightforward, easily implemented with little advanced training or preparation — yet it is brilliant in that I can use it with every age level (pre-K through high school), whether my students are advanced, slow-to-learn, or average (I have all three types of learners), and I can see how we can continue to use Edublox practically indefinitely as each student is able to do the exercises on a more complex level.
Edublox is also comprehensive, covering reading, writing, mathematics, spelling, not to mention improving comprehension, concentration, memory, listening skills, etc.
Hester van As:
I hereby wish to thank you and Edublox for the excellent progress my son, Christoffel, has made since starting with the program. Due to the improvement in his reading ability his school marks have improved markedly in all areas. He is now able to complete his comprehension tests, where previously he lost marks due to a lack of understanding of the contents. His reading speed, spelling and mathematics have also improved. He is calmer in class, which I attribute to the fact that he tackles his work with more confidence. Christoffel’s self-esteem has also improved, which I also ascribe to Edublox.
Overcoming Learning Disabilities and Low Self-Esteem:
Children who have learning disabilities are at risk for having lower self-esteem and self worth than that of their peers. From an early age, children compare themselves with others in areas such as academics, the ability to make and keep friends, and athletic prowess. Children with learning disabilities may judge themselves as “stupid”, “slow” or “dumb”, based on academic comparisons with other children. By overcoming a learning disability the child’s self-esteem is usually restored.
Mrs. R. Potgieter, Bryandale Primary School:
I would like to compliment you on a wonderful product. I used it in my Grade 2 class last year. The improvement in the children’s reading and spelling ability after a year was great. I had no children with spatial problems. They could all sequence and their memories improved. I think it is a great program and cannot wait to use it again this year.
L. Patfield, Teacher in White County, GA, US:
I am writing to attest to the fact that we are seeing steady progress and success with the Edublox program.
I am currently using it with a first grade student. This student is repeating first grade and was reading at a pre-primary level. He is now on grade level in both reading and math. Sight vocabulary is excellent and memory skills are improving. Both the classroom teacher and the parents have noted steady improvement. I am anxious to start other students on this program. Gains may also be due to maturity, repeating a grade level and continued individualized instruction.
Student, Steele-Dawson Elementary School, US:
I am a student of Steele-Dawson Elementary school and i was wondering if you could tell our teacher that I think Edublox is fun, and if we could play the old game one more time before we get the know ones and could you please send a movie with you on it about Edublox because we are all so curious to see you and maybe sometime meet you. Nice of you to send this product to us it is just so much fun and how could our class ever repay you.
C. J. Muller, Principal:
This program has had tremendous effect on all the pupils’ self-image and self-discipline. When I think back where we started, for example with memory exercises, and I see the progress the pupils have made, I am totally amazed. It has also done a great deal for the pupils’ concentration.
I can highly recommend the Edulox class program in any school situation, since it concentrates on colour, shape, number, spelling, mathematical concept and language development, which are an integral part of any child’s development and education.
Debbie Roberts, Mullaloo, Perth, Australia:
Jake, now 8 years, had been suffering badly at school with spelling and reading, and his ability to concentrate was pretty bad. Within a year of going to Edublox with Corna, Jake is now able to read with confidence and can spell words a lot easier than before. His teacher at school says he is doing very well in class and she can definitely see a big improvement.
Robert Provencher, US:
Our son is doing so well. He reads everything from cereal boxes to road signs. Edublox has greatly improved his self-esteem and pride in his abilities. Edublox has definitely made a difference. I’m going to video him doing a session and send it to you. … Considering my experience with our son I’m convinced that Edublox has been the primary influence.
Mrs. I. R. Titus, Teacher, Namibia:
Arthur had reading problems, problems with visual memory, visual analysis and synthesis, spatial orientation, visual discrimination, and with sounds and word construction. Spelling was also a problem.
We started with Edublox three months ago. Spatial orientation is no longer a problem. He enjoys the lessons and gives his undivided attention. Previously Arthur was very tense when he had to read because he could not recognise all the words. Since starting with Edublox his reading has improved a lot. His eye-span has widened and he is quick to recognise words.
Mrs. Gudmanz, Teacher:
When I started teaching Roland in April this year, he was very unsettled and kept turning around or walking around in the classroom. I have noticed a vast improvement on this aspect. He has become a responsible boy who sits in his desk until a given task has been completed. He is a perfectionist and sees that all work is completed to the best of his ability.
Roland was previously very reluctant to write longer stories due to the fact that there were always so many errors. Toward the end of the year, he was writing stories of a page and more with few spelling or grammatical errors. Roland has learnt to concentrate and carefully choose his sentences. He had also gained confidence with regard to spelling, as his phonics has improved remarkably.
Conquering Concentration Difficulties:
Concentration is the ability to pay attention to one single thought or subject to the exclusion of everything else. Improving the ability to concentrate allows a person to avoid the problems, embarrassment, and difficulties that occur when the mind wanders. Better concentration makes studying easier and speeds up comprehension. It helps one to focus on one’s goals and achieve them more easily.
The first term I had to teach him and he had to memorise everything; the second term, after starting with the program he studied on his own with some help from me. By the fourth term he was able to study on his own and I did not even check his work. His reading speed as well as his comprehension had improved, and his spelling is also a lot better. (Letter translated)
Carmen’s reading is much better, and she has now started to enjoy reading. She concentrates better and for longer periods. She is no longer so easily disheartened when she struggles, has more self-confidence and has learnt to persevere. We are still working on phonics and spelling. (Letter translated)
Mrs. C. E. Schellingerhout:
Anneli failed twice, with the result that she is presently in a special class. She has been diagnosed as having a neurological dysfunction. Her ability to comprehend was poor, as well as her reading. She had severe perceptual problems.
Since doing Edublox her ability to concentrate has greatly improved. I always had to read her work aloud for her for tests. Now she can read and learn everything on her own. She has progressed to being the second best of all the special class pupils in the school and has received an award for it. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement which is only possible through very hard work and dedication. Thank you very much! (Letter translated)
Mrs. M. Waldeck:
Deon (18 years of age; Grade 10) made slow progress in school. Due to a slow work tempo he fell behind. As the year progressed he fell further and further behind. His concentration was poor, and spelling a big problem. Because his reading was slow he battled to study. He failed English the first term. He had a negative attitude towards school and was sometimes rebellious when he had to learn.
A few months after Deon had become an Edublox user his work tempo gradually increased. While he previously failed to complete his exam papers within the allotted time, he was able to do it by the end of the year. Because he could now write faster and concentrate better he made fewer mistakes. Homework sessions do not take so long anymore and therefore he is less frustrated and rebellious about it. His spelling has also improved and he is much more positive and motivated to study. He passed all his subjects at the end of the year, after being an Edublox user for six months. (Letter translated)
Chris van Niekerk, Student in Metallurgical Engineering:
My reading speed and ability to concentrate improved gradually, with the result that I could study for longer periods on end. At present I make fewer spelling mistakes, while my work tempo has improved remarkably. During the first semester I still needed extra time to complete test and exam papers, which was not necessary during the last semester at all. These factors all contributed to better academic achievements, a better self-image, accompanied with greater purposefulness, motivation and self-discipline. (Letter translated)
My bog Spot:
Listen to Katelin sharing her Edublox journey in a very special manner.
The letter below was forwarded by Don McCabe, founder of AVKO:
Dear Mr. McCabe,
I am interested in using AVKO as my spelling program next year with my son, Zachary. We homeschool and Zachary will be in fifth grade. He was VERY delayed this year and is now on grade level. Which program should I use? “Sequential Spelling” or “If it is to be…?”
Also, am I right that you are looking for testimonies from Edublox users? I have very successfully used Edublox. Zachary could read at the beginning of this school year, but Writing, Spelling and Math were all difficult and frustrating for him. He has (had?) Central Auditory Processing Disorder and Sensory Integration problems. He very much wanted to be “caught up” (which in his mind means not working below the level of his younger sister). At the time, he was misspelling three letter words (which he had studied for several weeks!), could not write a complete sentence without bursting into tears and could not remember how to do simple Math problems.
I purchased Edublox in November, after seeing a demonstration and began using the program five hours a day. (At the same time, I also began using Earobics and he was going to Occupational Therapy. Earobics is a program that teaches children how to hear the difference between sounds). At first, we just did the Edublox, but no academic work. I could not really understand how the activities would “transfer” over to academic work, so I video-taped Zachary reading before he began the program and then 10 hours after using the program. We were surprised to watch both segments and see the difference. While his reading hadn’t changed, the way he read and held his body did. In the first segment he was moving/wiggling while reading (and had chosen a rocking chair to sit in). His face was very tense. In the second portion of the video-tape, he was very relaxed and was sitting still. He had chosen to sit on the couch. After using the program for two weeks, I told Zachary I was going to set a timer for 30 minutes. He was to write a story (even if it was just one sentence) and he was to spell all the words by his best guess (he has a small booklet of words he usually uses to spell words). I asked him not to cry about it, but just to do his best. In 30 minutes he had written THE MOST BEAUTIFUL story about a rabbit in a pet store. All of his sentences were in proper chronological order!!! (He had only just begun learning how to do this in his spoken speech!) The most surprising thing, though, was that he had CORRECTLY spelled many 5 letter words!!!
Whenever I meet someone with a child who is struggling, I do not hesitate to recommend Edublox. I think every child who is struggling deserves the opportunity to try this program. It is wonderful!!!
I mention the other two things Zachary was doing (Earobics and Occupational Therapy), because I think both of them contributed to his increased academic ability. However, I do give much of the credit to Edublox because it addressed so many problems Zachary was having. I think he needed all three programs to be completely successful.)
I look forward to your response concerning your spelling programs. I would like to pick the program that would be most suitable for Zachary.
Thanks so much!
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.