This post is the eighth in a series aimed at sharing the success stories, both personal and professional, that Scientific Learning employees witness every day.
“I think one of the reasons that this job has been so different from my other jobs as a classroom teacher or working in print has been my journey as I have grown to understand the Scientific Learning programsand how effective they are.
The one student that I can call to mind very vividly is Danielle. She was a 3rd grader and she had just recently qualified for special services. Her district was having her use the [Fast ForWord] program over the summer.
I had the chance to visit her and her district representative as she was going through the programs. She was having some real attentional problems and was also having difficulties in reading. She was really excited about going through the program and by the end of the summer she had really grown so much that when she went back to school in the fall, she actually tested out of her special education label.
I was invited to attend the [Admission, Review, and Dismissal] Meeting and it was amazing to see her teachers look at the data and say ‘Wow - this happened over the summer!’ They were really in awe and, at first, disbelief. They then realized she was able to focus, pay attention and be successful at the tasks she had to do at school. She was able to be much more independent and be successful on her own.”