I am so very pleased I have found Celeste to work with our daughter.
Since prep, I have been trying to tell teachers that she learns in a different way and that I suspected she had dyslexia.
School was willing to help but in all honesty failed as they used their normal reading recovery strategies which just do not work and at times even make the problems worse.
An example is repeating. Putting pressure on her and using flash cards over and over, never made her better at reading and spelling trigger words like "that" and "the". It did bring down her confidence and her joy for learning. After mastering these words in clay, she gets it. And is proud of herself.
So long as my girl does not understand, she will not remember. Her memory is never the problem as she has a fabulous memory (one of her gifts). Celeste taught her to tell time. Starting with where time came from then working out the clock.
Within a few days my daughter reached her goal of 'telling time' after years (she is in grade 4) of frustrating 'time telling' sessions at school.
The biggest change came just after her first day with Celeste on which she learned to use her 'minds eye' to make pictures.
The skill of making mental pictures is a great help and my daughter feels empowered by this and other tools Celeste gave her. Knowing when she is focussed and knowing how to get back to that after getting distracted or lost in thoughts, is amazing to see.
She has grown in self awareness which in turn has grown her confidence.
She is always happy to go and work with Celeste. The one on one attention, the calm, the patience, the respect and appreciation from Celeste, are worth a million. Her behaviour has improved since seeing Celeste as she looks at her actions and what she can do, rather then blaming everyone else when things don't go well. Her reading and spelling have improved. As has her math. 5 days with Celeste have proven to teach her as much or more as she did in two years at school.
And Celeste has given her tools for life. To use with learning and with living. Our family is grateful to have you, Celeste. Not in the least for your support in recognising the beauty of her mind and bringing it out into the light.