Learning Disabled No More
His mother explains, “From the beginning I was mentally making excuses for Adam without even realizing it; Maybe he was a little busier than other three-year-olds, his speech is just a little immature, all kids are destructive from time to time.”
One day, while observing Adam in day care his mother realized that there were obvious differences between Adam and the other children. He didn’t draw on paper, answer questions, or seem to be paying attention to the teacher.
By the time Adam was six years old, he had problems in just about everything.
Eventually his parents realized that Adam had a hearing problem, since he would ask them to repeat what they said or would ask them to look at him when they spoke. “Although we didn’t know it then, he was trying to read lips,” his mother said. When he was three and a half, Adam began speech therapy twice a week but he did not improve much. By the time Adam was six years old, he had problems in just about everything. He could not hear well, and his speech was hard to understand. He was not learning, and he was physically awkward. His learning problems were becoming more and more apparent.
Parents were advised to begin drug therapy and find a special setting for Adam in an institution
After much testing, his parents were told that Adam was severely learning disabled. They were told to begin drug therapy and find a special setting for him in an institution. Just when it looked like there were no answers for Adam, a family friend mailed his parents the book What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child by Glenn Doman. The book made complete sense to Adam’s parents so they contacted The Institutes. His parents then attended the course of the same name at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, in Philadelphia. With the knowledge they gained in the course parents started a treatment program at home.
In two years, Adam was hearing, reading, speaking and writing
Adam’s family embraced their new program with enthusiasm. They started auditory stimulation to improve his hearing, a physical program to improve his coordination and balance, and after reading the book “How to Teach Your Baby To Read” by Glenn Doman they began to teach their little boy to read. Within two years, Adam was reading and writing successfully. His hearing and speech had improved greatly.
“I found the information I received from The Institutes to be exactly what I was looking for.”
Liza Minnelli was impressed by Adam when they met at The Institutes
Parents are the answer
Adam became an excellent athlete and began to absorb information that he had missed earlier in life. He was invited to be a student in The International School at The Institutes, where he enjoyed a wide range of subjects that included English, Japanese, Natural History, the study of Shakespeare, History, Computer Science, Math, Gymnastics, Swimming, Running and Biking.
Adam became a runner, a gymnast and a state champion swimmer
“We had to do the work but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything”
He learned to play the violin and piano. The boy who doctors recommended be put in an institution was proving to have great intellectual ability.
His mother says, “The most important thing I have learned is that parents are the answer. It is up to us as parents to do what needs to be done. I found the information I received from The Institutes to be exactly what I was looking for. We had to do the work but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and we continue to be rewarded daily.”
Adam graduates from The Evan Thomas Institute
Where is Adam now?
Adam went on to attend high school. While he was there he took honors courses and played varsity football. In college he played football and became interested in the education of special needs students. There, he also met his wife-to-be.
Adam at university
After graduating from college, he went on to receive a master’s degree in education. Adam is a teacher – he is inspired by his own difficult past experiences in education, and wants to help young students be successful.
Today Adam is a teacher who understands the struggles that his students face. He says, “Taking risks are part of life. If you choose not to take them, you may never know if you made the right choice.”
Today, Adam is married and the father of two beautiful daughters.
Adam, with his wife and baby daughter
Adam and his parents made their own unique path to wellness. They believed that there was a better way and they found it. They worked hard along the way but they enjoyed the journey.
Adam will not spend his life medicated and warehoused but teaching and helping brain-injured children to find their pathway to wellness.