THANK YOU! You have changed the course of my son’s life. That is no exaggeration. When we came to you we were being told that our son, then midway through Grade 1, was reading at a kindergarten level. We were being urged to accept this limitation and modify our expectations, that he would not read at curriculum level. We knew that our son was smart but affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Your method just made sense to him. An independent assessment done before the start of the new school year, just 6 months after beginning his tutoring, established that he was reading at a grade 2.5 level! He reads everything now and sees himself as a strong reader. We were ecstatic! Academics aside, the most profound change has been in his demeanour and confidence level. We can’t thank you enough for the incredible gift you have given our son … one which he will carry the rest of his life.
- Father of Julian (Grade 2)
Katie attended a Primary Language Class for three years. After much specialized instruction and still reading at an early grade one level, we were very concerned. We began tutoring at the centre and in less than a year her reading improved 2 grade levels. As Katie suffers from a learning disability, this was not an easy task. Your approach to reading has helped Katie learn to break words down and sound them out more effectively. Because of your program and positive reinforcement, Katie now has more self-confidence and I feel that she can work with her disability.
- Mother of Katie (Grade 4)
Last year, our son Mark, who was 10 at the time, was diagnosed as learning disabled. He was about 2 or 3 years behind in reading and even further behind in writing, even after several months of private tutoring by others. Don has been a God-send. Mark has progressed rapidly and is now almost at grade level, having improved 2 years in reading in about 10 months of tutoring. He now reads all sorts of things just for fun! After further instruction his writing improved by about the same amount. He is now quite a proficient writer for his grade. We very much appreciate Don’s deep knowledge and skill, his patience and creativity. He has been instrumental in turning things around for Mark.
- Father of Mark (Grade 5)
After our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability, we knew that she would require additional academic support. We looked for a tutor with a strong background in special education. Don quickly became a lifeline for our daughter. His calm manner and ability to break difficult concepts into manageable steps prepared Jasmin for upcoming assignments and tests. Over five years of working together, Don helped our daughter to grow in knowledge, academic ability and most importantly self-confidence. Jasmin went from struggling in grade 5 to a high school student who has been on the honour roll for two years and loves learning. We attribute her success in large part to Don’s knowledgeable, skilled and caring academic support.
- Mother of Jasmin (Grade 10)
In grade 1 Brett was clearly struggling with reading. He had gone from a happy child in kindergarten to an angry and frustrated one at the end of grade 1. He started to lash out and throw tantrums at home. He would pretend to be sick in order to avoid going to school. He had lost all self-confidence. At the end of grade 1 we learned about Dr. Clark’s Reading Centre and had an assessment done. The results indicated that Brett had a weak working memory and had almost no decoding skills at all. After instruction at the tutoring centre, Brett now reads with ease and can sound-out challenging words. In a recently conducted assessment by an educational psychologist, Brett scored in the top percentile in his decoding skills.
- Mother of Brett (Grade 4)
I started being tutored in grade 8 for math and have continued to get tutoring while taking each of my high school math courses. When I first started tutoring I was barely passing and now have an average in the high 70’s in my grade 11 academic math course. This is the third highest mark in my class! I have always wanted to be a teacher but never felt that I could do it because of my low marks. Since I started tutoring and my marks have gone up, I feel more confident that I can reach my goals.
- Math student (Grade 11)
Thanks for all of your efforts towards improving Ryan’s reading skills. My husband and I both
feel that Ryan now has the tools to tackle unfamiliar words and is well on his way to becoming a fluent reader. We have noticed a dramatic change in his confidence level that has carried over to his other subjects and other aspects of his life.
- Mother of Ryan (Grade 3)