Creating a Window of Opportunity
By: Gordon Doran
When I was in the 4th grade, the public school I was attending diagnosed me as being dyslexic. At the time, no one knew how to help me and placed me in special education classes.
I graduated high school in 1992 with a 3rd grade writing level and a 5th grade reading level. Despite this hurdle, I still enrolled in college. I utilized the accommodations that were available at the time; this included textbooks in audio format, other students’ notes, attending tutorial labs, and accepting extended time on tests. I graduated with a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston in 1998. Months after graduating from college, I organically started several successful businesses. I am now the owner and CEO of Natran, which specializes in low impact, green pest control services. I am a “big picture” thinker who wanted to prove to myself that I could be successful. Due to dyslexia, I was scared to enter a corporate environment.
In 2012, our daughter was struggling in school. It was obvious after reading with her and seeing her writing habits that she too showed signs of dyslexia, as well as her younger brother. My wife did some research and found Neuhaus. After contacting Neuhaus, we were given names of diagnosticians for a proper diagnosis. Then they helped us find a Neuhaus-trained dyslexia specialist for tutoring. At this time, I learned about the adult literacy classes offered. I wanted to understand how my children would be learning using the Neuhaus method and wanted to see if I could improve my own reading and writing capabilities. It seemed like a great opportunity for me, and it was. I now have attended two semesters of the Neuhaus adult literacy program and have successfully increased my reading to a 9th grade level. I am a strong believer in the Neuhaus method as it has also done wonders for my confidence and self-esteem.
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