One of the most heart-warming things about Toe By Toe USA for me is to receive unsolicited letters of thanks from students, parents and teachers who successfully use the manual. In this short collection of Testimonials From Dyslexic Students, read how some students – children and adults – transformed their lives by learning to read with Toe By Toe.
– Keda Cowling, author and founder of Toe By Toe
Testimonials From Dyslexic Students
On this page you can read Testimonials From Dyslexic Students. For easy reference, we have listed testimonials into different categories. Click the links below to read more.
A Fight Worth Fighting
Here is a moving testament to the determination and commitment necessary to provide a struggling reader with the precious gift of literacy. Julie Thompson, a member of Dyslexia N.I. in Belfast, tells her story.
“School starts back tomorrow and Ross is going into P5 with a reading age of nearly 10 years. That is just short of a 4-year improvement in the last 5 months. I can’t wait for him to reap the rewards of being able to read like the rest of the class. I am bursting to hear him tell me all about getting moved up in the reading group. Just today he read instructions out loud to me and I was so proud of him. And it’s all been down to the hard work and dedication of doing Toe By Toe every day.
“It’s been probably the most stressful time in our house. There were fights, tears and threats of giving up nearly every day for the first few months. Even now we squabble every so often.
Toe By Toe – Binned Then Rescued!
“Toe By Toe gets put in the bin and taken out, thrown across the kitchen, slammed shut, and cursed at. The book bears the scars of every fight. The spine has black tape to hold it together. Some of the pages are slightly ripped at the edges. Some stained orange with carrots from the bin. But I never thought I would see the day when he would want to treat it like his trophy and handle it with care in case anything else would happen to it. But he does!!
“He is now for the first time ever able to read words he doesn’t understand or heard of before. This isn’t easy as he wants to know what every word means as we go along. It has been a hard long slog for us both this summer, but to me there was no other option. He had to do it. I kept telling him every step of the way: “it’s the most important thing you will ever learn.” And it’s true!
“There is no easy way around it when you’re dealing with a reluctant reader. It can take the best of you. But it is totally worth it just to hear him read and see his face when he asks you to count how many letters in a long word.
“Toe By Toe shows up the weaknesses of a struggling reader and builds them into confident, independent and fluent readers. There’s no doubt without it Ross would be left to sit in the low reading group and called lazy. No way. Not anymore. Not this boy.”
Julie Thompson, mother and member of Dyslexia Northern Ireland, Belfast
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