Archive for January, 2009

Thoughts from a Be Amazing mom

January 26, 2009

Parenting ain’t easy. And when something comes hard for your child, it can be frustrating and gut-wrenching. One mom, whose five year old is currently making his way through Fast ForWord Language, shared the following:

My husband and I have been around the block a few times to doctors and therapist with our son, who just turned 5 on December 26.  Countless hours have been spent with therapist after therapist, but we have never seen him progress as much as he has with FF.  We started the FF program three days before Thanksgiving, at which time we were pulling teeth to get a 3 to 4 word sentance out of him.  When he did say things, the word order was so wrong.  Today, he is spitting out 7-10 word sentances left and right.  Now believe me, he is still behind on speech and language skills compaired to his peers, but we are making progress…we are communicating now.  And it feels WONDERFUL!  Three months ago, we knew there was no way he would be ready to start Kindergarten in July.  His teachers now tell me that he is ready.

Now, if only Scientific Learning would invent something to make my three year old take a nap and get my six year old dressed in the morning…

Building a better basketball player?

January 7, 2009

A student we are working with recently wrapped up his 6th week with Fast ForWord Language. His mom reported on his progress:

1.  His memory has improved.  Given 4-5 sentence short story, he is able to answer questions about the story without too much frustration recalling what was read.  
2.  He is motivated to improve himself when working with the different exercises.  He has better understanding what he needs to do and he feels proud when he gets a higher score.
3.  He has acquired more awareness with his surroundings.  He is a bit more involved and more interactive in his play with siblings and his desire to communicate is increased.  Yeah-hey!!!
4.  Last night was his first basketball practice and Dad said that he was very attentive listening to the coach for directions.  Last year, he was very distracted and mainly focused on the lines, rails and the lights in the room.

You know, test scores and quantitative improvements are important. But if we can improve basketball skills, we might really be on to something here!

UPDATE: The same student just finished Fast ForWord Language. Mom says:

He was indeed very proud to finish the program and can’t wait to learn more.  His self confidence is definitely lifted.  He uttered phrases such as: “This is easy to me, Mom.” “I can do it myself.” and “I don’t need help.”  These phrases are music to my ears.

Again, we cannot thank you enough.

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