"Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."

Gary was 12 years old and in the 7th grade. He was referred to me because he was diagnosed with a learning disability. He was behind his peers in all subjects.

He spelled at a 4.9 grade level. His reading was a 5.5 grade level. It was surprising that he could read as well as he did because he didn't know any vowel combinations, or how to decode unknown words.

I saw him once a week for 1 1/2 years. I taught him phonetic sounds he didn't know. He also learned syllabication rules and the spelling rules. He was also introduced to the meanings of common prefixes, suffixes and roots.

He hated writing assignments because he couldn't spell very well. Once he learned all of the phonetic sounds, he was able to spell better and he didn't mind the writing assignments as much.

When he quit tutoring, his reading comprehension was at a 12.9 grade level. His rate and accuracy was at a 6.3 grade level.

His learning disability wasn't cured. But he did learn techniques that helped him with studying. When his reading improved, then his learning disability also improved.

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