Overcoming Learning Disabilities & Ritalin

When I was in middle school, I was very much a loner.  I found it very hard to make and keep friends.  My home life was very stressful because my little brother drove me crazy.  He is three years younger than me and has learning disabilities and he used to irritate me a lot!  In school, it seemed like the harder I tried, the more I failed.  I came home with tons of homework everyday and my mother used to have to stand over me to make sure I kept working – my mind kept wandering.  I had absolutely zero confidence in myself!  I was taking 15mg of Ritalin a day to help me focus in school.
The summer before my freshmen year in high school, my life began to change.  I went to see Jan (at Little Giant Steps - a neuro-education specialist) and she put my brother and I on a Neurodevelopmental Program (we called it “therapy”).  Most of the therapy I had to do was strange and sometimes boring but I was willing to stick to it and do it every day because I wanted to be smarter. 
When school started in the fall, I could see that the therapy we did over the summer was already making some changes in my life so I became even more determined to stick with the program, which included wearing an eye patch to school.  This was the hardest part of the program for me but I am so glad I stuck with it.  After wearing an eye patch my entire freshman year in high school, I was able to stop the Ritalin at the beginning of my sophomore year.
            I am now 20 years old and a sophomore in college.  I can listen to lectures in my college classes and pay attention and understand without any problems.  I have wonderful friends that love being around me and I love being around them.  Before I started Jan’s program, I wasn’t very coordinated, but now I love playing sports and I’m good at them. 
I have so much to be thankful for because of the confidence and pride I have in knowing that I really can do anything I set my mind to!  I cannot talk enough about Jan’s program.  I haven’t even talked about the WONDERFUL young man my brother has turned out to be and the progress that he has made.  He had to wear an earplug and a lot of other stuff that I didn’t have to do.  He was even worse at sports than I was and now he’s on his high school football team!  My brother and I are now best friends.  We have a special bond that we enjoy as a direct result of the Neurodevelopmental Approach.                                                                                                                                     A.T. Garland, TX 

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