Micki, age 41, came to Midland Need to Read last August wanting help with her reading and writing. Micki has Multiple Sclerosis and had experienced a MS episode that deprived her brain of oxygen, much like a stroke.
After the incident, she worked hard to regain her ability to walk, speak, write, and read. Miki first recovered her ability to speak, which gave her hope for the other lost abilities. Ironically, Micki had been a phonics tutor for students at a local children's rehabilitation center.
Micki wanted her children's tutoring job back so she came to Midland Need to Read to help her relearn her reading and writing skills. I decided to use the Reading Horizons program with Micki hoping that it would trigger some memories of the phonics instruction that she had used with the children she had tutored.
Micki is making wonderful progress using the Reading Horizons program. She loves the vocabulary portion of the system because she is rebuilding the vocabulary she has lost due to MS.
Micki takes many notes during the program's lessons and her handwriting has improved. We have three samples of handwriting for Micki, (1) before the MS episode, (2) after the episode and, (3) after handwriting instruction. Her handwriting is now beautiful; much better than before she lost the ability to write.
Of course, Reading Horizons phonics instruction is helping her with spelling. Micki works on other reading workbooks and says the workbooks are easier to read and complete since she has been working on the Reading Horizons program.
As Micki progresses through the program she is beginning to remember some of the phonics principles that only a few years ago she was teaching students. Recently she was able to demonstrate her knowledge and has been rehired at her old job to tutor very beginning phonics to the youngest children at the rehab center.
Micki is excited. So are we. We are so pleased to see the progress she has made. Micki also has been able to help another adult learner use the Reading Horizons program at Midland Need to Read. Once a tutor, always a tutor. Micki has told us that she is regaining the knowledge she lost, but is also learning skills that she never knew before.
Thank you, Reading Horizons! We really like the program and the progress the adult learners are making. We plan to have a tutor training in-service to familiarize them with the Reading Horizons program. The success that Micki had with the program has really sold Midland Need to Read on Reading Horizons.