It was almost a year ago
that I came across the website for Rocky Point Academy on the internet and I
would just like to take this opportunity to tell you how glad we are that we
found this. Our son Martin was 14 ( grade 9) at the time and was
struggling greatly in school, as he had for
years. He was at the point where he didn't want to even go to school any
more. We were naturally very concerned and went hunting for yet another
solution to try out on him that would help him to succeed at school. My son
and I went to the information session last spring for Rocky Point Academy
and I found that he identified very strongly with a lot of things that Larry
was saying. Although Martin had been identified at school as having problems
with writing and spelling, it had never been labelled as a form of dyslexia.
At the end of August, before grade 10 started we were able to get Martin in
with Larry for the course and it just gave him such a boost. From the first
morning, he was in awe himself at what a difference
it made in his perception of his surroundings when he was "on point".
At the end of the day when we were driving home he recited the alphabet
backwards! This from a boy who that morning couldn't even say the alphabet
forwards, never mind know where any particular letter fell in the alphabet!
Over the week it was amazing to see what he was learning about himself . He
came home the second day and said "Now I know that I
really am smart."
Martin loved working with Larry - they got along very well and Martin was
glad that there was someone else who has experienced the difficulties he
has. Over the week we saw some amazing improvements in many ways. He seemed
calmer than we have probably ever seen him. He knows now how to
control his wandering mind, and fidgety body.
He is making better decisions than before, advocating for himself at school
and just generally has much better self esteem.
We have been working faithfully with him on the homework and are glad that
he made the commitment to this. The follow up work is a very important part
of the program. We are also thankful that Larry is available to review
some things with Martin at times and that Stacey is available for phone
consultations at times. We know that there are still many things that need
to improve but we see that there is movement in the right direction,
sometimes quite astounding movement in fact. One evening I remember Martin
was trying to look up a scientific word in the dictionary and he couldn't
find it. The reason was that it wasn't there. He could point out to me
though where it should have been! Just a couple of months before that he
would not even have attempted to look the word up at all.
His report cards from school this year have been a
huge improvement over last year and the teachers say they are seeing steady
improvement. This has really worked for him and if he's happier then
so are we, believe me! Thanks for your support, both of you!