Our son, Derek, was diagnosed with a learning disability in second grade. At the time of his diagnosis, his reading and writing level was pre-kindergarten. We immediately began checking into programs that would address his disabilities. We enrolled him in the National Institute for Learning Disabilities (NILD) program. The therapy and techniques that our son has learned in this program have allowed him to be successful in the regular classroom and gain the skills necessary to be independant. Derek is now an MCA graduate and is attending college. We are thankful for the NILD program and the dedicated therapists that have worked with our son the past ten years. It is a program that has a proven record of success and has been a God-send for our son!
We discovered LD problems in both of our children at an early age. Mary's appeared around the second half of second grade. We had her tested and found that she had dsylexia. She entered the NILD program in the third grade with Mrs. Hutchison. Readng and comprehension were her greatest challenges. After three years in the program, there was a profound change. She suddenly stopped coming to Connie (her mother) and I for reading help. She has also been earning A's and B's in all of her classes with little or no help from us. Mary is now in the ninth grade and is in honors classes making A's and B's! It was definetly the right program at the right time for Mary!
Jonathan's LD was discovered in the second grade but through testing he proved to be a more severe case. He began the NILD program with Mrs. Berry last year and we are seeing the same great changes we saw in Mary. His reading has improved tremendously though he still has a ways to go. Oddly enough, he will breeze through larger words now and stumble on the smaller ones, but even that is improving.
When we first started Mary in the program five years ago, no one we talked to had ever heard of it. Now it seems we are hearing many more success stories of how it has helped others. We really appreciate all of the resources MCA has invested in the program and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Our daughter, Brooke, participated in NILD therapy at Metro Christian Academy during the fifth and sixth grades (fall 2003-spring 2005). We notice her struggle, particularly in math, beginning in second grade. Her struggles increased across the curriculum in third grade and by the time she entered fourth grade, she was doing three-four hours of homework seven days a week just to keep up.
The summer after fourth grade, we had some educational testing done. This revealed that Brooke was slow at processing the information she was given. Brooke needed a lot of extra time to figure things out. She also needed step-by-step logic with strategies on how to comprehend and remember information. The NILD therapy that Brooke did at school and the homework with rhythmic writing has truly made a difference. Brooke is more confident, independent, and less frustrated today than ever before and this is a direct result of the NILD therapy.
Though Brooke has finished the program, she continues to use strategies taught by her therapist, Myra Willemin. Brooke occasionally needs more time to finish tasks, but today we are looking at five-ten extra minutes where in the past it was 30-45 extra minutes, or she did not finish at all. NILD has helped Brooke realize that though she may think through a task differently than some of her friends, she can still be just as confident and successful as they are. We are all created differently and we all learn best in different ways. NILD targeted Brooke's learning weaknesses and helped her gain the confidence and understanding she needed.
~Cyndi Augustin, MCA Principal