Wilting student. You know the one. The student who would rather do anything else in the world than read aloud. The one who often exhibits his or her overwhelming frustration at their school assignments. The student who has noticed that they are not reading as well as their peers. You can tell that it’s gone to their head when they sometimes bubble forth comments like, “I’m not smart.” Traditional methods have failed this student. Year after year we hope that the next teacher will have success with them. Deep down we hope they will just grow out of it. We long to see them smile about reading, like they smile about so many other things.
I can tell you that I have seen that smile. I have seen the smile as a student finishes a reading lesson with a flashing, brilliant grin. It is so rewarding to see, because I know that self-confidence is starting to creep back in.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Amy Manly, and I am a Certified Reading Therapist.
I became interested in reading therapy after someone close to me was diagnosed with Dyslexia and was helped. The student began with the ability to decode words and fluently read at a Grade 1 level, and climbed six grades in five months of working with a Certified Reading Therapist using the 21-lesson program!
I was raised to love books. My mother read aloud to us and made certain that we got to the public library regularly. As an adult I have enjoyed the unique privilege of serving as chairperson of a local library board. I have a background in education and psychology and have earned my M.A. in Youth Ministry. Education is my passion. Teaching effectively has been my research. I would love to meet with you and hear about your journey of life, particularly as it pertains to becoming a fluent reader.