A month ago, we received the following email from a customer who believed that her son was bright even though he was struggling in school.
“My son is 6 and in K, the staff is suggesting he suffers from auditory processing, however; my belief is that he is smart and right-brained... I know he is smart so I am frustrated at this point and will not let the school give him a label that does not fit or isn't even age appropriate at this time. In addition, my son has great comprehension skills and pays very close attention to detail. He states he gets 'bored' in school.”
After trying the SnapWords™ cards with him, this mother was able to explain so well how her active child responded to the images and body motions included with the SnapWords™ sight word cards.
“My sister printed off the try before you buy SnapWords and [my child] responded very well to the pictures and the motions. I explained to my son why he is smart and explained the camera to him. He looks at the SnapWord, explains what he sees, takes a mental picture, and then closes his eyes to recall the picture. Then we go through the SnapWord cards again. When I turned them over today to do the side without the pictures, he had a bit of a struggle. I then reminded him to do the motion and that was helpful. For instance, when he sees "laugh" he will say "funny," then I remind him to do the motion and then he will say, "oh, it's laugh!"
Then yesterday the customer updated us about her son’s progress.
“I purchased the first pack of SnapWord cards and find them very effective! My son enjoys the pictures on the cards and continues to take pictures with his camera in his mind. I have another meeting with the school staff tomorrow morning and I anticipate a positive meeting this time as my son has been bringing home tests with high scores and has recently received a 100 percent!”
I love that this mother was able to articulate so clearly how her son learns and was willing to try something different and nontraditional to meet him where he was.
Update: "The meeting went much better than the previous meetings. My son had completed an individual test that was not timed, he only missed one or two questions. They did not mention auditory processing again and admitted that the only issue was on the web test that is timed with only 60 seconds to answer. I showed the teacher the SnapWord cards and she stated she tries to include motions when teaching the class, but she then explained that she has to do so much testing during class time that she has very little time left to actually teach. The plan for the summer is to continue with the SnapWord cards, I plan to eventually have the entire set, I also plan to purchase items related to math. We will continue to practice over the summer and hopefully 1st grade will be a different experience...The entire experience was stressful, but I'm thankful that it encouraged me to do research on learning that led me to your website. Thank you for all of your help and time!!"
Kudos to this mother for standing up for her son and his learning strengths/needs!