10 year old suffers from anxiety, cannot read at a first grade level

Age: 10
Gender: Male
Location: Exeter, New Hampshire

Background: By the time this young boy completed fourth grade, he was struggling to read at a first grade level. This young man had a long history of ADHD, language based learning disabilities, and an anxiety disorder. Despite years of intensive individual teaching intervention, he still struggled in school. Severe working memory deficits impacted his ability to hold words in mind long enough to create meaning.  For example, he could read, “hold up two fingers,” but he was unable to hold the words in mind long enough to process the language, create meaning, and carry out the command.  Similar difficulties in following directions and processing complex language were remarkable.

Key challenges:

  • At the end of fourth grade, could not read at a first grade level
  • Suffered from an anxiety disorder
  • Made little academic progress despite working for years with a personal tutor
  • Was transferring to a school for children with language-based learning disabilities

Training outcomes:

  • Gained more than two years in reading comprehension
  • Had increased use of language
  • Is better able to follow instructions
  • Participates in family discussions
  • No longer had to transfer to a costly program for children with language based learning disabilities
*Photos above are not of the actual users whose experience we describe – we understand that poor working memory
is often a hidden weakness that impacts people in a very personal way.
Out of respect for their privacy, we have kept the identities of these people anonymous.