Before attending The Alison Lawson Centre, my son Lachlan had been plagued with appalling spelling, appalling reading skills, poor concentration, constant arguments to get him to do homework, unreadable handwriting, constant headaches and lot’s of complaints about going to school unless sport was involved.
I had asked all his teachers from kindergarten up if they felt he had dyslexia as his father and grandfather both did, but was always told that boys could be a little slower and he would catch up.
Finally in January of this year his father and I decided to do some personal research for ourselves and that is when we came upon the website for the Alison Lawson Centre and meeting yourself and starting Lachlan on the program.
Since completing the program, the difference has been astounding.
His handwriting is readable and neat (especially since he is left handed), his spelling has improved 100% and if he has trouble with a word he is much quicker to learn the word, therefore his memory has improved as well.
His reading has come along the most. Everyone comments on it, even his teacher at parent/teacher interviews expressed her delight at how much he has come along, and with this improvement his self confidence has grown so much. I am constantly amazed at how often he reads things aloud now, signs, stickers, posters at the shopping centre etc, even if he has trouble with a word he has learnt to sound it out and 9 out of 10 times he gets it.
He actually wants to read books to me now, he brings them to me and sits down and starts reading.
I would like to thank you very much for what you have done for my son & I would be more than happy to recommend the program to anyone who has a child that is having problems.
Tiffany Tulley January 2, 2011
Our son was 4 yrs old when I realised that something was not registering with him with regards to recognising his name in written form. I had often encouraged our son to trace his name-keeping in mind to always keep this activity fun. He had NO interest in this, or even in picking up a pencil, to colour in, or to draw. He used the palmar grip to hold a pencil. I also noticed that he would rarely run- and was quite uncoordinated with his hands and feet. My husband had dyslexia, and I was aware that there is a genetic link through the male chromosomes. I had been ‘reassured’, when i voiced my concerns, by pre school teachers that ‘boys develop slower’- however, I instinctively knew that something was not quite right.
Our son was bright, verbally well versed and emotionally loving and caring-full of cuddles and smiles. The catalyst occurred one morning when I signed our son into Preschool. A sign in book, where the children have to find their name and trace it, was opened on the table. I stood next to my son, keen to offer praise and help, when he said… “please don’t look Mummy”. This broke my heart as it highlighted the fact that our son was aware that he was having difficulty and was embarrassed about it! I had to find an answer! I persevered with finding an answer, booking into a Paediatrician. He agreed that this needs investigation. We were to see an optometrist qualified in conducting The dyslexic Determination test, a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist. The optometrist results confirmed my suspicion -visual amblyopia and dyslexia. The OT appointment unveiled delays in fine motor skills. Where to from here? I researched dyslexia and treatments, and was so impressed by what I read about the Lawson Clinic, and Alison Lawson herself an amazing pioneer of a breakthrough CURE for dyslexia.
As I work within the medical profession, I was impressed by the rationale as to how the LASD device works on each layer of the visual cortex. The testimonies seemed to echo the mental space that I had been on prior to finding a diagnosis.I also appreciated the comment when I called to book our initial appointment, that if our son is not a candidate for treatment, then the treatment will not commence. In other words, when our son was classified as a candidate-there was an expectation by all that he will be cured.
Our son had just turned 5 when he started treatment. The hour and a half (usually) sessions were intense,, completed with much encouragement and reassurance. Many ocular muscle exercises (which he found fun!) , along with the LASD treatment were conducted- whilst age appropriate learning material placed on LASD projector. The first visits were tiring, our son would sleep for the hour trip home. Each week, I noticed that he was gaining a certain confidence. Sidestepping at Soccerjoeys was now achievable-not so prior to treatment. Each week brought with it improvement in confidence, writing ability and willingness. Our sons visual acuity eye tests, prior to and post treatment detected a remarkable improvement.
Now in year 1 at school, he is reading a average class level, and LOVES school. I cannot begin to imagine how different this would have been had he not undergone the LASD treatment and complementary program at The Lawson Clinic. My only struggle now, is trying to comprehend how such a proven and workable device as the LASD, and the program which complements it, is not utilised in our schools. As a fully qualified K-6 Teacher (prior to my career change), I witnessed many bright children, who continually presented with difficulty from a young age with reading, phonetic awareness and confidence.
I feel extremely fortunate that I ‘stumbled’ across the Lawson Clinic, my goal now is to inform as many as I can of the life changing outcome that the intensive care of Maria Thomas and Alison Lawson, and the LASD have had on our precious son. I truly wish you and your child every success in treatment! There IS light at the end of the tunnel!
Julie Renshaw May 8, 2015
Alison Lawson has treated three of my children – Cameron aged 14, Thomas aged 17 and Gretel aged 19 – for Dyslexia. Each has had trouble throughout their schooling and only recently was given a reason for such difficulties. Such a crippling disability has affected many areas of their lives including school grades and confidence.
Over 10 sessions each of my children were pushed visually and mentally to achieve what was said to be impossible – to be cured of dyslexia. Since their treatment all have shown remarkable improvement academically and in other areas.
Camerons’ grades and reading have improved. He has been promoted from playing back in soccer to a striker due to his improved shooting. Other sports such as ice hockey have also benefited.
Thomas is also now an avid reader and even reads on the way to school. He is now entering his final year of school and is more confident with his schoolwork and has marks to show for it. I used to buy the boys books but now they want to shop for themselves.
Gretel has found her concentration and understanding has improved as she enters into her first year of University. Her reading has also improved in speed and accuracy.
On a personal level, Mrs Lawson treated my children with dignity and helped them regain their self-confidence. All areas affected by dyslexia were dealt with for long-term results. For this, I thank her and highly recommend her treatment to any child or adult with dyslexia.
August 12, 2015
Completing the treatment at The Alison Lawson Centre QLD has turned my son from a child who was unable to read fluently, refused to read in front of others and could not remember sounds and blends; into one who reads every night, volunteers to stand up in class and read and spell with almost 100% accuracy.
I cannot believe the incredible improvement.
His teacher has noticed massive improvements with his confidence, writing and reading and with a few refinements to bring him up to speed, he will be in the top half of his class rather than the bottom.
Thank you time and time again.
May 12, 2013
Thank you so much for all you have done for Riley. Your kindness and dedication, along with an amazing service has changed his life.
Thank you once again
Jo April 12, 2015