|Problem Areas||Reading Issues, Memory, Vision, Copying, Number & Letter Reversals, Concentration, Self-Esteem, Prioritisation, Time Management, Maths Comprehension, Poor 3D Vision, Easily Distracted, Difficulty putting thoughts into words, Prone to Motion Sickness,|
|Finished Program||July 2014|
Guy: While Elon our son (See Elon’s story) was doing his assessment I was in the waiting room and they had the booklet Am I Dyslexic? so I thought I’d have a quick go through that. I went through it and ticked the questions and thought – yes that looks like me and that sounds like me. I got to the end and rated myself out of 35. Well I came out at 23… so I thought I better speak to them!
Ida – Guy’s Wife: I was very surprised. We both did the assessment, him and me, separately just for a laugh.
And he said “Look at my score.”
I said “You’re being stupid, did you really fill this in properly?”
He said “I’ll do it again.” He did and he said “This is all me, all these boxes here.”
I was quite surprised. Driving back afterwards he said “I think I should just take it at the same time as Elon.” Because Elon was going to do the program. Guy came home from that assessment and said “I’m going to hand these things out at work, just to see how people think. What goes on inside.”
Guy: There are certain things that you are subconsciously unaware of. You just work your way around it. If your right hand doesn’t work properly you just write with your left, you work round it. You don’t think about it because it has always been there.
I used to find time keeping was horrendous. Putting things into priority was very difficult. You are on an emotional roller coaster, that’s driven by whatever shouts the loudest. Not by where your priority need is. So you pay attention to the urgent, not important. I was affected by things that just came in, a lot more than someone who is priority focused, which meant a lot of things got pulled to one side. So consequently important things didn’t get done very fast.
So I did my assessment the same day. From that it was confirmed that it would be good if I could go on the treatment, but it is purely up to you. As Elon was being enrolled onto it I thought I got to do it. This gives me a chance to improve myself. So we booked on then and there.
We did a dual session, both of us being treated at the same time. I was working with the Senior Therapist and Elon was working with Jessie the other Therapist.
There were 10 sessions. One every day for 2 weeks. They call it the power sessions, so it was quite brief 1 hour sessions of intensive treatment. Then you have another hour or so at home to do your own training in your own time. It seemed quite basic to me, but I thought ok let’s go with it and see what happens. After the first Session, driving home, about an hour, I nearly fell asleep on the road. I was that tired that I had to pull off and have a sleep in the services. Then got home and started to do the eye exercises and fell asleep on the table and I thought well something must be happening! It was obviously that much strain on your eyes that it really takes up your energy. It was obviously using something that I don’t normally use.
It’s almost like you get your eyes opened, when you do it. It’s like “Wow was I really like that?” Before you can’t, because that is how you’ve always been.
I’m less frustrated now, because I was always in a state of tension, either I didn’t understand something or I forgot. It’s good to get the memory improving. You do a lot of repeat stuff, because you keep forgetting. Or you repeat yourself a lot, because either you forget you’ve said it or you forget you’ve done it. You just assume that everyone’s like you. So once you can drop that, that’s good.
I’ve got more to the point, & saved a lot of time. I’ve been a lot more focused. Because dyslexic people, they can’t sort out the priorities. So everything is a jumble. Once you can see clearly your priorities then you can start putting them into the right order.
Quite often I’d be driving along and I’d suddenly have to brake hard. Getting a bit close! Or the cars in front brake and you’re like “Oh woo.” So I am more aware of the distance perception now.
Ida: He’s a more relaxed I think. One thing he does now, which he didn’t use to do, is he writes lists. It is something I’ve always done and I couldn’t cope without it. But he has never done it before, & he does now. We’ve got a big black board and he writes all his jobs on there and he ticks them off.
Guy: On the ALC course, it is very much you get out, what you put in. So if you go into it with a mind set of ‘this may not work’ you’re not going to get a lot out of it. But if you put everything in and you really push it forward, you do the training, and keep the training up then you should see improvements.
I would suggest it to anyone, especially employees, because it’s changing that person’s life. At the moment it’s almost like they are walking down a tunnel not really knowing where they are going and can’t really see. Because everything is just a mad mass, jumble. Once they can see they can start putting things into priority, they can see clearly, see where they are going.
Initially the cost we thought was quite high, not sure how I came to that as I’ve not seen the cost of other treatments. But hindsight it was definitely worth it. Even if it was a higher price – you’ve got someone’s future there – yours or someone else’s. What would you pay for them to have a better paid job? To see clearly? To do things better? To completely move forward? For the cost of the treatment – if you did a training course on something else, that would be two training courses. This is something that is setting them up for day to day running life.