September 4, 2015

Last year, my grandson Jordan was in the third grade and had not yet learned to read. He had many strengths, but testing showed he had a severe learning difference in reading. By the time he was referred to the Oakland RiteCare Childhood Language Center, his teachers were very concerned because he was increasingly falling behind, self-conscious about his performance, and often seemed disengaged in classroom activities.

One of the first things we noticed at the Center was how straightforward the...

August 24, 2015

We adopted Jonathan from Taiwan when he was five years old. He had been diagnosed with autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Jon is now eight, going into third grade, and has been on ADHD medication for a year and a half. Without medication, he is uncoordinated, unaware of others socially and physically, and rarely makes eye contact. Even getting on socks and shoes in the morning is a challenge because verbal directions last about 3 seconds before he “forgets” them.

We hear...

June 25, 2015

My two daughters Jayel, age 7, and Anaya, age 8 were accepted into your program back in August of 2014. At the time I applied for the Oakland Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center’s programs, I was having such a hard time trying to teach two children in the 2nd and 3rd grades how to read essential words that are key to being able to do any homework assignment in school or to function in life.

They have been part of your program now for the past 9 months, beginning with Interactive Metronome wi...

May 20, 2015

Sophia is a bright ten year old who has been diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. Auditory processing deficits occur in children who despite normal hearing have difficulty processing what they hear. That can mean not understanding the difference between two similar sounds, having difficulty understanding speech in noise, such as at a birthday party or in a typical classroom, and social anxiety due to never being sure of what is being said to them.

Before coming to the Oakland Scottish...

January 9, 2015

My daughter S'ari had been having a hard time with schoolwork. Unbeknownst to me, S’ari had poor working memory, which made it difficult for her to learn phonics, because she couldn’t remember all of the components that went into sounding out words. I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t remember the things she had just been told moments ago, especially patterns. She was in 3rd grade and she had only mastered 1st and very few 2nd grade level words.

At the referral of a good friend, I learned abo...

December 6, 2014

Carter came to Oakland Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center during the summer between first and second grade.  He had struggled through kindergarten with early reading and writing, and his challenges in first grade and despite help from a resource specialist, Carter faced being retained in first grade. 

Carter worked for eight weeks on Interactive Metronome program with Nan Busse. Within two weeks, he showed signs of improved coordination and began to challenge himself more physically. T...

October 5, 2014

Everett was just 3 years old when his mom Bridget brought him to Oakland Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center with a severe speech delay. His speech was 45% intelligible to an unfamiliar listener, rather than the 90% intelligibility expected at his age. When Everett tried to communicate and a listener did not understand him, he often looked to his mother to “translate” for him. He was quite sensitive to the quizzical looks people gave him when he talked. Everett would back away, hide under a...

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