Kristy is our dyslexia champion, and more. We are infinitely grateful for what she has accomplished with Elliot. Our family feels whole again.Before we met Kristy, we had a broken child. Kristyʼs thorough knowledge of how to teach literacy as well as her deep commitment, gentle demeanour and nurturing approach have given back to Elliot the happiness and self-confidence heʼd lost.Only six or seven months ago, Elliot was a “clean slate”. When we started working with Kristy, he barely knew 3 letters of the alphabet after nearly 2 years of primary school (where he was unfortunately taught through a Whole Language Approach).Our 6-year-old child was falling apart in front of our eyes and as his mother, I felt hopeless. I would read to him daily, attempt to teach him the alphabet... and even became his classroom helper —all to no avail. I soon suspected he had dyslexia, but I didnʼt know how to teach him to read. I was expecting school to teach him this fundamental skill —and basic human right. Little did I know...His first school brushed my concerns aside, and so did our school in Melbourne after we returned to Australia earlier this year. I then decided to take the matter into my own hands, as I knew very well that my son would not “be fine”. We started an intervention before even getting Elliot diagnosed by an educational psychologist. It turned out I was right and he had mild to moderate dyslexia.The evidence-based approach used by Kristy was very effective, very quickly. We saw massive improvement in decoding (reading) and Elliotʼs perception of himself dramatically improved in less than 2 weeks. There was nothing wrong with him! He wasnʼt “dumb”... He was starting to recognise and identify letter sounds... and read words! It felt like nothing short of a miracle. Gradually Elliot stopped saying things such as “Iʼm stupid”, “I hate myself” and “I want to die”. This is what heʼd been telling us ever since he started primary school, and his mounting anxiety had been affecting all aspects of his life.Kristy has answered our prayers and helped put Elliot back together. She not only gave him the gift of literacy, she also gave him his self-esteem and his zest for life back. Words cannot express how we all feel about Kristy and what she has achieved. She is our angel and we feel blessed that she is in our lives!Thank you, Kristy, our Dyslexia Champion, from the bottom of our hearts.
Our daughter, (grade 2) has been coming to Kristy for just over a year now and I could not recommend Kristy highly enough. Kristy has a fantastic ability to quickly develop a rapport with a child.I have watched my daughter struggle with all aspects of school, but since attending sessions with Kristy, Heidi has developed skills and strategies that have boosted her knowledge and confidence. Heidi has made such great progress. Heidi now loves reading and writing and her attitude to school is positive. She also looks forward to her sessions with Kristy each week and doing the work that Kristy sets. Kristy has been invaluable to our daughter.
Wow! What a journey we have been on. When we first met two and a half years ago I was desperate, confused and really sad. My amazing boy seemed to be such a square peg and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what the future might hold. It isn’t until you experience the impact of illiteracy that you understand the effect it has on life “success”. It seemed like a pipeline dream that Isaac might ever read a book for pleasure, keep up at school and learn alongside his peers.You have been such an amazing mentor and support. You have given Isaac the gift of reading and opened the world for him, and gently guided us on the way.From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! A thousand times over. You changed his life!
Since Michael has been visiting Kristy, his confidence academically and socially has flourished. It has been an absolute pleasure knowing Kristy and I would highly recommend Little Lights Literacy to anyone looking for a professional and dedicated tutor.
“Kristy is an exceptional, dedicated, supportive and inspiring teacher. My son who has learning difficulties, had the pleasure of having Kristy as his tutor and with understanding and patience she was the only one able to achieve success with him. I can not recommend her highly enough.”
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