LearningRx Warren G. on Birdeye
6 years ago
10/19/2015, 13:27 PM
There were a lot of simple things that we noticed in our son at the beginning; his standing alone on the side during recess, not being able to communicate with other kids and hence being left alone. Parent teacher meetings were such a burden since we would hear the teacher mention how Ashwin is inattentive and while all other students listen, he seems to be lost.We were working extremely hard between our regular work schedules and teaching Ashwin.
We dreaded going to social gatherings only because we could no longer hear other moms brag about all the accolades their kids were accumulating while our boy was struggling.
It was heart breaking to see Ashwin struggle. It was not due to him not being intelligent, but mainly because of the extremely hard work he was putting in without seeing any positive results. He had started internalizing this at the age of 8. He would ask us questions such as why did God make me dumb while others (his friends) are so intelligent. He started to avoid people and friends and started to withdraw. It was tough on us parents, since all we wanted is the welfare of our boy. There was not a thing we did not try, Kumon, Aloha, one-on-one swimming coaching. Still any and every learning was proving to be an arduous task and our unhappiness made Ashwin even more sad and question himself. It broke our hearts.
During one of these seasons, my wife received an email from Cedar Hill Prep, where our daughter goes, about a "Learning Rx" presentation being made by Marcia Douglas. My wife attended the presentation at the Hillsborough Library. She came back with a new sense of hope. A trip to meet LearningRx reinforced that feeling of hope. It felt like seeing the first ray of sunshine when you are lost inside a cave of absolute darkness. After speaking to Marcia, our fears were contained enough for us to take the leap of faith. We invested ourselves 100% into this effort.
We were assigned to Sam. I use the word "we" regularly, only to emphasize that, while this is about my boy Ashwin, it was a journey we all took as a family. The pain was running deep, and we were not ready to give up. Ever. Sam brought out a new trait in Ashwin, one we had never seen. He began to smile and laugh. It was surreal to see him feel comfortable in front of others.
Slowly we started seeing subtle changes. Someone mentioned that he smiles more. Then he started picking up on swimming. He started bicycling by himself. Sam shared with him that it is ok to not be perfect and what is important is to give it our best. Learning Rx exercises then started working and Ashwin started showing signs of change in a positive way.
We decided to extend our original training program by another 24 weeks. During the second program we began working with Mary Ellen. Ashwin loves Mary Ellen. She is such a nice trainer and her way of working with Ashwin, reinforced his self confidence levels to new heights. He is a good kid who smiles and laughs a lot. Mary Ellen bought the best out of Ashwin, with so much positivity. She made him feel like he is special and there is nothing wrong with him. He looks forward to every moment in his life and accepts challenges in a positive way.
Our happiness knew no bounds for his every single achievement at LearningRx. We framed his Presidents Club award and used that to boost his confidence at every opportunity.
Slowly, but steadily Ashwin kept progressing. We are soo very happy with the changes in our son and truly believe that LearningRx unlocked certain locks in his brain, which were debilitating his progress.
In our simple way, we would like to thank Sam, Maryellen and Marcia for offering this service, for being a beacon of hope to parents and kids alike.