Category Archives: Student Success

Kindergarten to College

More than a decade ago, long before the word dyslexia was widely used, Deanna Fogarty realized the toll the language-based learning disability was taking on her otherwise bright  young son, Billy Nadeau. An elementary school teacher at the time, Deanna joined countless parents and caregivers on the challenging journey of guiding a child with dyslexia from kindergarten to high schooland ultimately to college. Although Billy was a very healthy and inquisitive child, he was behind with some of his early language and speech skills, shared Deanna, now Wilsons Vice President of [...]

College Bound

The road to reading proficiency was a long and arduous journey for Dempsey L. In elementary school, she dreaded reading aloud in class, and during silent reading time, pretended to read the book in front of her. By fourth grade, she had had enough. It was as if a dam had broken and all the water it was holding back was streaming down my face, she wrote in her college essay. High-pitched screams came from my room, as I was on my hands and knees begging my mom to let me stay home from school. It was that day a switch went off in her head she knew she had to fight even harder for her [...]

Building Reading Skills and Confidence

Research shows that the sooner children with dyslexia or other reading difficulties receive effective intervention, the more receptive their growing brains will be to mastering the complex rules of written language. Moreover, early intervention may avert years of frustration before a cycle of reading failure and low self-esteem sets in. This rings true with Anna C., a Massachusetts fifth grader who was formally diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of first grade and has grown up with an optimistic attitude toward her neurodiversity. This positive outlook is inspired by her familys approach t [...]

Conquering Dyslexia, Together

Children often follow in a parents footsteps when it comes to interests and careers. For Cassie Clark and her 12-year-old daughter, Gina, it was the reverse. Gina showed signs of learning difficulties before kindergarten. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade and began intensive intervention with a Wilson Reading System® (WRS) instructor at her public elementary school outside Chicago. As her daughters literacy skills grew, Cassie became intrigued by  the effectiveness of Wilsons multisensory structured literacy instruction and wanted to learn more. We were amazed by [...]

Keep Moving Forward

The Rowley family of five shares a unique configuration of hereditary traits that affect all aspects of their lives. Yet the medical and learning challenges they face daily do not stop them from embracing life with fortitude and a can-do attitude, while serving others along the way. Our family is really complex. Were a rare genetic family and we each have our own challenges, shared mother Michelle. She and her husband Allan Rowley, M.D., are raising sons Aden (15) and Alec (13) and daughter Anna (10), to tackle adversity, including dyslexia and other learning disabilities, with tenac [...]

The Sky’s the Limit

Ad Astra Per Aspera, Latin for to the stars through adversity, is how Adam Maidman describes his journey to the world of possibilities and opportunities that opened when he learned how to read. Diagnosed with severe dyslexia in elementary school while growing up in Connecticut, Adams trajectory from struggling reader to graduate student, first-year teacher, and self-proclaimed history nerd is embodied by a single sheet of paper. Framed and displayed above his desk, the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Certificate of Completion he earned in seventh grade signifies a pivotal point i [...]

WRS Step 12 x 2

Recently, Amy Geary, a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) and reading consultant in Connecticut, wrote to share the success of two remarkable students who reached the milestone of completing Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Step 12 remotely following school closures this spring. When we received her glowing testaments to rising eighth graders Jayden and Ben, we couldnt wait to spread the joy as well!                                                                                          Dear Wilson,                              [...]

Doubling Down on Dyslexia

As identical twins, Bailey and Mackenzie Bennett obviously have a lot in common. Athletic, artistic, and studious, the sisters share another characteristic that theyand those who know themwould not expect: dyslexia.  Although the sisters found reading difficult during their early elementary years, their keen ability to memorize words enabled them to do well in most subjects and helped mask their struggles. As they grew older, however, their literacy challenges became more apparent. Test taking and reading aloud were noticeably difficult, and benchmark testing led to placement in [...]

Sharing the Gift of Literacy

At age 9, Michelle D. set a goal for her future self. When she was old enough, she vowed, she would drop out of school and leave the frustration and anxiety associated with learning to read behind her. Fortunately, that didnt happen. Instead, new dreams are coming true for the 20-year-old New Hampshire resident. Diagnosed with a speech impediment at age five and dyslexia at age eight, Michelle struggled in elementary school. I had this constant fear that I would get picked to read in class or have to go up to the board and write words that I had no clue how to read, never mind write, [...]

With Knowledge, Wisdom

For someone who stumbled into teaching by accident, Nelda Reyes certainly landed on her feet, then kept on going. Now entering her twenty-third year as a teacher, Nelda recently added Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.) to her professional credentials. A dyslexia interventionist in San Marcos, TX, Nelda became Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level II Certified earlier this year, just as her practicum student, Jonathan, wrapped up Step 12 of the intensive reading intervention program. As an undergraduate studying speech communication disorders, Nelda said she became intrigued by the scie [...]