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Our son was entering the second grade and could not read at all and was defiant and difficult but had excellent math skills. He could not sit still for more than ten minutes at a time unless he was playing Minecraft. We had tried everything. Up to our ears in diagnosis and prescriptions for ADHD medicine and on our third school we went to LMB. We were desperate. Less than half way through our son started reading at his grade level and then the learning escalated exponentially in a creative way that was meaningful for him. I am still not quite sure how they did it but they did. And they are able to deal with kids who are defiant and ''different'' (read creative and rebellious?) with endless amounts of patience. They did not lose their temper once at our son: NOT ONCE. They are kind and patient and sweet and intelligent. I have nothing but complementary things to say about this learning center - It is worth every single penny and it is very costly. I owe them a debt of gratitude for saving my son's intellect. I highly suggest that if you have a child that has any special needs and is not progressing in school that you contact this organization immediately. Your child WILL succeed with their help. Mimi
Hi - My 4th grade daughter is struggling in math. Would appreciate feedback about Linda Mood Bell for math assessment and support. Thank you
In the process of looking for a math tutor, I learned that Making Math Real is used by most of the education specialists in the Bay Area. When I heard that the big guns in Making Math Real, Evan Delegeane and Michael Curry, were teaching a summer math camp I decided to enroll my daughter. She loved it, and when school began I enrolled her in their After School Math Club on Wednesdays (3:30-5 on Grand Ave. in Piedmont). The cost of the course, which runs 17 weeks, is $100 more than 1 week of Lindamood-Bell instruction. Evan and Michael really impress me, they're former teachers with many years of classroom experience, they are Making Math Real course instructors, and from what I've seen they make math fun as well as real. To inquire about the club contact firstname.lastname@example.org Berkeley Parent
My son has been diagnosed with a visual processing disorder, and I'm looking to Lindamood Bell. Most BPN reviews are quite old. I've heard it works and is very expensive. Any other input in terms of both short and long term impact on your child's abilities?
My 7-year-old daughter has a learning disability and her teacher and occupational therapist have recommended some programs at Lindamood-Bell. She was assessed there and would need 160-200 hours of private instruction to learn to read. I am totally sold on the value of the program but it's expensive and intense. I'm wondering how I could set up a program at home that would be successful over the summer. I can't match 3-4 hours a day without both of us going crazy! I have thought about doing an hour twice a day, perhaps at the public library. I would love to hear from any parents who have taken the training (HQ in San Luis Obispo) and taught their own children. My daughter needs Seeing Stars and Visualizing & Verbalizing... special ed mom
My daughter struggled to learn to read and was diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of first grade. I went to Linda Mood Bell (and other places) and was turned off by the price. Tutoring or other regular reading programs are not designed for challenges like dyslexia and others. You need a specific program like LMB or others that address the challenge.
I tutored my daughter using the Barton system over the summer with dramatic results. We worked together one summer every day for 30-40 minutes and did all kinds of things to make it fun. Aside from teaching my daughter, it helped me to understand her specific challenges, so I could support her (for example your natural urge to say ''sound it out'' is the worst thing to say).
Of course, the challenge that makes it hard to learn to read comes up in other areas too, so it is really helpful to understand it.
The Barton system is designed to train you to tutor your child. You have to watch DVDs each weeks that show you how to do the lesson plan, but it works.
My 4th-grade daughter is thriving now and loves to read and write. Her teachers cannot believe that she struggled with reading. Holly
Hi, We are considering Lindamood Bell for our son who is 13. It is a lot of time and money as far as commitment from our end. While we are probably willing to do this, I would like to hear from other people what their experiences have been, pluses and drawbacks etc...I know they have a policy that if your child is sick and can't make a session, you still have to pay. Have you found that there is some flexibility in that policy? Thanks much!
What worked: LIPS (which took about two to two-and-a-half weeks for him), a program that taught him to distinguish phonemes through the position of his lips, tongue, teeth, airstream, voice box vibrations, distinguishing and associate them with written letters. Now he can actually decode words. Very, very, very slowly, but is willing to try to read. Without building phoneme awareness in this way (something the school was adamantly opposed to doing) he would not be reading at all.
Seeing Stars, mixed success with my son's below average short term verbal memory. Over course of the summer (4/hrs a day, 5 day/week, mega bucks), he can decode words with four separate phonemes, sometimes five. They taught me a method for teaching spelling and sight words that works for words with 4 to 5 phonemes, occasionally short multi-syllable words and not at all for long mutli-syllable words like Antarctica, Atlantic, Australia (just had a geography test on continents and oceans--can you tell?). The progress due to memory issues was painstaking and slow, slow, slow. It does work for him and if we could afford more, probably would take care of multi-syllable words, too. But it's way too slow and doesn't tap into his speedy non-verbal abilities. (Of course, the school hasn't figured out how to do that either.)
Which gets to the main points. If your kid has an IEP, they're supposed to educate your child for free, doing all the stuff Lindamood Bell does. We hadn't educated ourselves enough in the 2004 IDEA to know that. Maybe you're smarter than us. If not, I recommend the Wrightslaw books starting with 'From Emotion to Advocacy' where you'll get info on the federal mandate to provide 'a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.' Schools are brutal in making sure you get to fight for everything they give regardless of the federal mandate.
Even though I now know much of what I paid for at Lindamood Bell this summer should have been done at school on my tax-paid money, I don't regret what we spent (and we really couldn't afford it) because my son now can truly begin to read, I have data on the fact he can be educated, and am finally learning how to get him what he needs and not to trust the school at all.
If your kid doesn't have an IEP and you want to give Lindamood Bell a try, do not sign the long term contract they request. Limit your commitment to a few weeks. I guarantee they will do their best to make sure your child learns enough to keep you coming back or you can just walk away. My take
Hi BPN, We are seriously considering Lindamood Bell Seeing Stars Program for our dyslexic daugher. There are a few reviews of LB but I would really like to hear from anyone who has had positive or negative experiences at Lindamood Bell - especially if the problems your child had were in the lines of very bright - high overall IQ (verbal and performance) and serious dyslexia. The program is very expensive and represents a huge committment for our family but there seem to be a lot of reasons to believe there is a high chance of good results. Thanks for your responses. Need your Advice
My 7 year old has just been identified as Dyslexic. She is finishing first grade and we have been referred to the Lindamood-Bell summer intensive program. Has anyone had great success with Lindamood-Bell or any other strategies for dyslexia? My daughter is highly motivated but is falling behind her classmates. Loving Mom
Hi, I am looking into this program for my 10 yr old son. Can anyone comment on their Visualizing and Verbalizing program at the Berkeley center? What did you notice about your child after the program? Would you recommend it? Did you do the intensive training? Were improvements maintained over time? How did your child incorporate training with school time?
We are looking into the intensive Lindamood-Bell program this summer for our son, who is 8 years old and very far behind in his reading/language skills. I would love to hear directly from other parents who have tried this program. Specifically, I am wondering if your child retained what they learned and if it helped move them closer to grade level in their reading skills, or if after the intensive training, your child ended up reverting to previous patterns and problems with reading. We believe we are dealing with severe dyslexia, although that has been difficult to diagnose at this point (and, believe me, we've been through the gamut of testing). Thanks in advance. Susan
My son (also 8 years old) began showing signs of a weak visual memory as early as kindergarten. He had trouble remembering the shapes of letters but very strong phenomic awareness. His first grade teacher noticed that he had a poor sight word vocabulary and thought it was a visual processing/visual memory issue. She suggested we get some help for him during the summer.
I checked into Reading Revolution but their closest office would have been an hour round trip so we decided to hire a private learning specialist who lives near his public elementary school to work with him intensively during the summer and twice a week after school. I found her through The Learning Clinic at UC Extension.
She uses a combination of Lindamood-Bell and Seeing Stars. He is working very hard at this and is a good student but is still behind his class in reading speed (words per minute) and still lacks confidence in decoding multiple syllable words
However, I am seeing wonderful improvements in his overall competence and confidence, particularly in decoding simpler words and he is willing to tackle more and more. He will now read a book from cover to cover which is a vast improvement over last year.
One last thought: We have found his teachers to be quite sensitive and empathetic to his needs and they have included our private educational therapist in parent teacher meetings, at our request. It's been a successful working partnership between the classroom teachers, the resources available at school, the parents, and our outside provider.
I am looking for a Linda mood Bell professional who can work with my child on the weekends. My son went Linda mood Bell center during the summer and we would like to continue with their trainig. Please help. concerned mother
Kristen Hawkinson 526-8701 Joan Fierer 465-0465Sabina
I have a 10 year old son. He hates to read and as a result, his vocabulary and comprehension is suffering. I am considering enrolling him in the Lindamood-Bell program and need advise on what others think of thier program. PLEASE ADVISE. Thanks in advance for your help. Worried mother
Re: 4th Grader with "phonemic weakness"
There are several good programs that address p.a. I am not familiar with Wilson, but Lindamood-Bell is definitely one of the best. It is expensive but very effective, and they have an office in Berkeley. If your daughter is several years below grade level in her reading ability, then you will want to invest a lot of time in an intensive remediation NOW, rather than let her fall further and further behind. I am familiar with Lindamood-Bell through my work as an educational consultant, and I sent my own daughter there to work on math. They were very warm, caring, and motivating. She made a strong connection with all her teachers and was able to work intensively for several hours per day (in the summer.) Good luck finding the right program for your daughter. Lauren
Does anyone have first-hand experience with the Lindamood-Bell Learning Center here in Berkeley. Did it help your child? How much? Would you recommend it? Thanks, Stacey
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