A Mother's Dedication
With a husband with dyslexia and knowing it is hereditary, Mandy did what any mother would do- watched out for signs and searched for solutions. At the start of every school year, Mandy would ask her childrens’ teachers to look out for any indications of the learning disability. When Mandy’s son began struggling in school she knew something had to be done.
When he was in grade one, his teacher called and said he did a science test- with only one correct answer; when asked the questions aloud however, he got all correct. Mandy asked if this was the sign she had been watching out for.
Taking him to an educational psychologist to be tested, she learned that he was dyslexic. At that point, she knew she had to do anything to help her child and the best solution she saw was the Lindamood-Bell® programme.
That first year, she registered him for summer school, and followed up with classes overseas every Easter and summer.
The process was neither a quick fix, nor easy for either of them.
Her son asked why he was the only one who had to do extra lessons over the holidays; and during those first years he would act out- running away from school, refusing to get in, or leave the car. There were tears from both of them. He felt that his classmates were laughing at him. That he was stupid. That he couldn’t keep up with the class.
His behaviour made Mandy think of how many other kids have a learning difficulty and realize how many are going through a similar frustration. Without her family’s support, neither she nor Josh would have made it through the process.
But, then it worked. After all the struggles, a silver lining. In grade six, during preparation for mock exams, every grade came out in the 80s and 90s. His impressed teachers eagerly enquired about what methods and techniques could have made such a difference and how could they too learn how to effect such a change.
At this point, a realization came to Mandy. While she could send two teachers to the programme; she could make a bigger impact nationally if she shared the opportunity. She called Lindamood-Bell® and asked if they would come to Jamaica for a workshop and if so, for how many people. With that phone call, Creative Language- Based Learning was born.
But Mandy credits the teachers with getting it all started. “So many passionate educators will tell you that when they learn the methodology and take it back to their schools and students, they can see the changes I was able to see with my son.” She believes the more teachers this can be shared with, the more opportunities there are to help children to reach their full potential.
“Everybody can help and with everyone’s sincerity and love, you can make a change; make a difference- and give the opportunity to every child.”