In A Mother’s Words

After School Tutoring

By Carla Sams

Jonathan was in the third grade before we discovered the Hindman Settlement School Dyslexia Program. He struggled from the beginning, but everyone kept telling me, “He’s a boy. Boys mature slower than girls.” We kept him back in kindergarten, hoping this would help.

Jonathan tried so hard, but I knew as his mother, that something just wasn’t “clicking.” We had been working on sight words for four years and he still couldn’t remember “it” or “the.” By third grade, Jonathan’s grades began to drop in math as well.  This actually got the attention of his teachers. He went from A’s to F’s in a very short time. My son told me he was too dumb for second grade. I will never forget him saying that!

Thankfully a co-worker told me about the Hindman Settlement School’s Dyslexia Program. After Jonathan was tested and it was confirmed that he did have the characteristics of dyslexia, I cried my eyes out.  I knew my child was intelligent and I knew he needed help I couldn’t give him.

The first year of after-school tutoring at Hindman was a struggle. He cried and did not want to come, but, as time went by, he realized that tutoring really was helping him. He has grown so much since he has been coming to Hindman. His teachers at school brag on him all the time. He was the “Most Improved Student” in fifth grade.

I just received his KPREP scores and Jonathan scored “Distinguished” in Social Studies and “Proficient” in every other subject.  He only missed distinguished in reading by two points!

The Hindman Settlement School’s Dyslexia Program has changed our lives. I can never say enough good things about this program. My child is now confident and understands he is smart, but that he just learn differently.