Hello Dr. Kay, Hope this email finds you doing well. You saw Kimberly R. in 2014. You may remember you sent us to Dr. Annibali in Maryland for possible Lyme in the brain. I’m very thankful that we got to work with someone who was learned in Lyme having a child also suffering from Lyme. We then went to Dr. Garabedian, who you also recommended. We have been there since. It has taken a long time but we are finally seeing significant signs of improvement, both in her blood numbers and in her behaviors. Kimberly will finish her second year at Lancaster Bible College in May. She has been well supported by the accommodations department as well as by the faculty. She will continue with treatments as she has a long way to go, but thankful for the distance traveled thus far. Also thankful we came to you when we did! Roxanne R, Hummelstown, PA
Hi Dr. Kay! I hope you are well. I thought you'd like an update on C and L. We decided to enroll them into DVFS in a learning environment where they will thrive. We are so happy for them. The headaches have almost totally subsided and they are very happy. Thank you for all you do and keep advocating for children who learn differently than the masses. Best regards, MY
I am still trying to digest all of the amazing conversations and information from yesterdays “Demystifying Dyslexia” day at Millersville University. What a phenomenal group of speakers, workshops, and practical learning for administrators, teachers and parents to apply! All I kept thinking was I needed a sign to hold up “YYYYAAAASSSS!” that people were sharing facts, that educators were leaning in asking questions, that parents were empowered to advocate…this type of event needs to happen at least twice a year in every state! Unbiased sharing of knowledge. Empowering each other to ask the right questions. And improving the future of literacy for the 1 in children born with dyslexia! Thank you all for making this happen – and for everyone who couldn’t make it, start getting good people together to plan something like this near you! Changing the world takes one step at a time – and events like this encourage more and more people to take those steps together! Ann Marie Bond Detavernier
Dr. Kay, THANK YOU so much this is perfect, I honestly don't know what I would do without you! Out of curiosity, I read through the report and while I found it amusing just hearing how I spoke when I was younger I was blown away by the detail of the report itself. It made me realize how lucky I was to have you in my life and perform such a great analysis because I can honestly tell you I would NOT have made it through engineering esp at VMI without the extended time and would have had NO chance ending up on Wall Street like I did. I honestly owe all my success in life to you and for that I will be forever grateful, thank you again for EVERYTHING you have done for me!! My life would be nothing had it not been for your dedication and determination to help kids like me!
Very Respectfully, GH
Dear Dr. Kay, It has been quite a while since we saw you but I wanted to send you an update on how wonderfully our daughter is doing and officially thank you for being one of the first people to convince me to keep fighting for her. She has been a miracle from the beginning. As a one pound preemie who no one expected to live, she has blossomed into a confident college student who has made the deans list every semester and made MVP in varsity tennis 5 years in a row. Her progress took a lot of hard work and you propped me up when everything was so difficult for her. Thank you, thank you. DK
Thank you very much for all you did to lead us through the process of acquiring an outside evaluation for our son. The process is now complete (for now), and everything went great. We have a new IEP in place and I am content with the outcome. We went into the IEP meeting expecting the worse. I was prepaired. You had said earlier, that it was all there (in his past records). I brought everything with me. I had all the old IEP's, grades, teacher concerns and a list of requests that we wanted. I also had a parent statement and student statement. J's statement was pretty powerful. He did not attend the meeting,as I thought there was too much animosity between us and the school. It was an interesting meeting, I spoke mostly with the director. The school physiologist didn't agree with the NonVerbal Learning Disorder diagnosis. I don't think she was able to connect all the pieces together. After we received your diagnosis, I did a lot of reading about the disorder. I joined afacebook page of parents of children with NVD. It all just makes sense now. I told J before you had tested him that a diagnosis won't change who he is, it will just give us a better understanding of who he is. And, it has. Again, thank you very much, DG
Dear Dr. Kay, I just wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on Justin's progress and achievements. As eight grade comes to an end Justin has grown in so many areas of his life. He is still receiving the Wilson Reading Program in school and I will continue it throughout the summer. He is moving onto level 8. In the beginning of the year I advised the IEP team that Justin was not permitted to have modified testing. I went to the school to observe the test they were given to Justin compared to his peers. Justin was receiving the same test; however, his test had some adaptations on it. This included bold out words and spacing. I felt strongly about this, I wanted Justin to receive exactly what his peers were getting. I wanted him challenged. I also made sure that he was being graded on his test the same as his peers. I asked myself if I was doing the right thing. I did not want to cause him more stress.
I am proud to announce that Justin was invited to the eight grade honors dinner. This is for all eight grade students who make distinguish or regular honor roll three consecutive marking periods. The first two marking periods Justin made distinguish honor roll, all A's and one B. The third marking period he received honor roll, all A's and two B's. He also won an award for Math. I monitor his progress throughout the year to make sure that he was not struggling in math. At times his teacher told me that he was one of his top students in the class. I never dreamed that my son would be standing on the stage getting honored.
Of course the school wants to take all the credit and I just let them believe that. I know Justin's achievements are due to so many people. Justin would be first on the list for ALL his hard work and patience. He was not always happy about the evaluation but he always gave it his best and cooperated. My second is the advocate for pointing me in your direction. Dr. Kay I know Justin would not be on his way to success if it wasn't for you. Your IEE was worth its weight in gold. You rocked my world that day that you explained the results of the IEE to us but you also gave me all the info I needed to fight harder. Thank you for your recommendation to the Academy of Manayunk. AIM was the only quality education that Justin received. I believed AIM and the Wilson Reading Program is what set the foundation for all Justin's success today. And last Justin's Attorney for dealing so patiently with the School District.
As Justin begins his journey into high school he has his heart set on Archbishop Wood High School. He had a very successful year with football this year and was approached by Woods football coaches to play for them. Needless to say I lost allot of sleep over this decision. I met with the principal and guidance counselor twice. I also met with the football coach several times. I realize they are not mandated under IDEA and do not have to provide an IEP. I made it clear to everyone including Justin that his education is my priority not football. Justin has a drive in him to succeed. We agreed to enroll him in Wood. However, I advised him that if he starts to struggle I will withdraw him and put him back in the district. My gut tells me he is going to be fine. I firmly believe that Wood is going to prepare him for college.
Justin is an amazing intelligent young man. All his hard work in school and on the football field has paid off. Things do not come easy in life; it demands hard work and dedication to achieve goals. I'm thankful that Justin already knows and understands this philosophy. Again, Dr. Kay, thank you for guiding me in the right direction.
Thank you Dr. Kay – I really appreciate your continued input since you are the only person in this whole ordeal that makes any SENSE! Thanks again, K
Dear Dr. Kay: Thank YOU so very much for helping Stephanie with her Service Dog requirements. The letter worked beautifully, and having Maggie with her most of the time was a comfort to Stephanie. Southwest Airlines was very accommodating and allowed Stephanie to board early so that she could have a bulkhead seat with her dog, allowing plenty of leg room for the dog to stretch out on the floor. Stephanie was still somewhat anxious, but handled the flights very well, even agreeing to fly again (with her dog.)
All in all, having the opportunity to attend the AKC Dog Agility Nationals was a blessing for Stephanie. She proved to herself that she truly is one of the best handlers in the country, and also that she has the ability to perform well under a great deal of pressure. She successfully qualified in four of the five runs (competitions) required - quite a feat for a first time attendee at Nationals.
We all had a wonderful time and want to thank you for helping to make Stephanie's trip easier for her. If you would like to see Stephanie's MACH run and her After the MACH runs, click on the links below. She earned her MACH (Master Agility Champion) in November of last year. MACH is the highest level in AKC Dog Agility. Less than 10 % of all competitors earn a MACH.
Dear Dr. Kay, I just wanted to thank you for your on point evaluation of our son. He saw you when he was 19 and had just flunked out of his freshman year in college. Previous evaluations only served to muddle the specific nature of our sons issues and even harmed him as to their non-compliance to the DSM IV criteria. While he had had many IEP's over the years none really helped him, only helped the school to deal with him. Your evaluation really addressed what he needed and has helped us and him to understand his strengths and weaknesses so he can find success in a world that he oftentimes just does not understand. Thank You, Frank and Susan
Dear Dr. Kay, Eleven years ago, I brought my daughter in for an evaluation as I suspected that she had NLD and the public school psychologist was not familiar with how to test for it. You did a comprehensive evaluation and provided me with great information to help charter the course of her education as we went forward. After struggling to find the right accommodations in the public school setting, my husband and I decided to home school our daughter, which I did for the next two years...She spent her high school years at one of Philadelphia's magnet public high schools and graduated 8th in her class of 535 students. She received several awards and monetary prizes including one for perfect attendance for the four years of high school of which she is quite proud. During high school, she carried an extra major for three years and took every Advanced Placement course that she could cram into her busy schedule. She ran cross country in her junior and senior years and found a love for running. Today, she is a freshman at the University of Chicago with an interest in environmental science, psychology and genetics. She spent the past summer working in a genetics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. We couldn't be happier for how she has blossomed over the years. I thought you would appreciate knowing how she has done over the years. It was stressful and trying at times, but she has persevered in spite of the difficulties she encountered along the way. Thank you for your part in our journey. Sincerely, Lisa and Edward
Dr. Kay, Tanya & Gaby: I will always be grateful to all of you for everything you have done to help B. There is no way I could ever repay you for what you have done for us. Your hard work has opened doors for B. that she would have never known existed if the battle would not have been fought. YOU have definitely changed her future. Sadly, I know there are so many more "B's" in our district that are being deprived of the future they should have. I pray that, as a result of this case, the district chooses to change the way they handle these types of kids (even if the changes are small… at least it would be something). Thank you for EVERYTHING! With love, hugs and ecstatic leaping…The C's
"While therapists and neurologists we have been fortunate to work with have done a great deal of work in helping our children deal with today's learning issues and difficulties, Margaret Kay goes much further. She is remarkably gifted in helping us as parents put together a plan for dealing with the learning difficulties that are most likely to surface 2-4 years out. It is uncanny how well her plan helps us mitigate those educational difficulties down the road. Margaret Kay writes very pragmatic and helpful reports for the teachers of our children and helps them glean insight into how each of our kids may optimally absorb the curriculum that is ahead and prepare for difficulties down the road. Margaret Kay is a gem in her field. Please feel free to reach out to me for any further insights. Carlos Laboy (917) 520 1311"
Hi Dr. Kay, Good news F. was accepted to Delaware Valley Friends School. Thank you so much for letting us know about the school F. is very excited, and it has really taken the pressure off with moving in her senior year. Everyone at the school is just wonderful. Many thanks for all you do!! Brenda
Margaret, you are the BEST – thus far, you've been the only voice of reason, and the only one I trust as it pertains to what M. needs. I really appreciate your continued support and advice. I can only imagine your workload, but am selfishly happy that you remember your cases!!!! I suspect you are a workaholic, but the work that you do is so important and can be life-changing for the children you see --- not to mention for the parents who are dealing with the public schools and their singular focus on not spending money to provide appropriate education/support to their child. Many, many thanks, Kathleen
Dear Dr. Kay, I just wanted to tell you the Hearing Officer's decision came in late yesterday. Thanks to all of your help and to Vivian we have prevailed on all counts. I am so very, very, grateful for everything you have done for David, Rio and our family as a whole. Hope your days are going well. Let me know how you are doing, as I often think of you and of course always wish you the best. Michelle
Dear Dr. Kay, Loura, and Robin, I would like to thank you all for your professionalism during and after the earthquake. I am sure Michael was able to complete the testing due to the calm atmosphere provided.
(Especially, since he asks if he is going to die nightly.) I appreciate all of your time and effort in helping me work toward Michael's educational success. Thanks again, Kim
Hi Margaret, I cannot thank you enough for referring us to AIM a year + ago - its been priceless and N. is blooming. Nancy and Pat are brilliant and I am enjoying seeing them grow and expand the wonderful school they have created. A colleague and I have been working with Nancy and Pat on a cyber school application for children whose parents may not be able to support AIM or do not have AIM in their communities - I'd like to talk to you about it. Would you have some time this week? Yours, T
Dr. Kay, What a complete pleasure it was meeting with you the other day! Your immense knowledge of PA school law, child psychology, and medical issues blew us away. Within a few minutes of speaking with you, a four year weight lifted from my shoulders. I knew we had come to the right place. We have been so mistreated by our school district that it's hard to know who to trust. From the beginning of our conversation you put Jackson first and we really appreciate that. I kept saying to my husband, the whole way home "this has been a life changing day." And I truly believe that. We look forward to meeting with you again in a few weeks for your final recommendations. Thanks again, Deana
Your Success Embellished, I wrote to you a few years ago to thank you for the education and superb guidance you gave us helping our severely dyslexic child. It has been many years now since we first walked into you office in 1988 with our Elizabethtown 2nd grader. Our school system struggles continued when we relocated to Ohio in 1990. Holding true to what you taught us, we luckily found a wonderful school that utilized the methodology you recommended. In 2005 Alex graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Architecture. We were surprised with the accommodations provided by the schools office of disability services. On May 2 of this year, he received a Master of Architecture, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan. As you can imagine we are very proud and I know some of the credit must go to you. It really began in those tutoring sessions in your office. You work has made a difference in our lives and no doubt has for many others as well. Walt & Lawana
Hi Peg! It has been 16 years since we last talked and much has happened in those 16 years. It appears that your quest for a school became a reality. The one thing above all else is that your direction made us better informed and enabled us to become an advocate for our son and to persevere on his behalf. This one is a success story and it is to your credit.
In 1989 we walked into your office with a little 2nd grader who was in the process of being labeled by the Elizabethtown school district. Your evaluation, direction, and tutoring pointed us in the best direction for our 2nd grader. We left Pennsylvania moving to Ohio with my work in 1990 and we were still a bit naive. The Dublin, Ohio school district where we located "talked the talk" but they failed to "walk the walk". Rather than follow the Federal court route we found a school in Columbus that was structured like you had described your plan for a school. The head master at Marburn Academy reminded us of you. In small very individualized groups Alex progressed through their system. Their reading instruction was extremely phonetic utilizing the "Wilson System" It proved to be exactly what Alex needed. Time flew by and in 1997 Alex transitioned from Marburn to the Dublin City schools to start high school. Dublin was evolving and had actually sent some of their Learning Disabilities instructors to Marburn for training. Under the watchful eye of Marburn and a strict IEP Alex's transition took place. High school went well. Ironically, Dublin's LD instructors turned to Alex for assistance with their applications of the "Wilson System" while he was attending high school.
Alex has been attending The Ohio State University and in two weeks he will graduate with Bachelor's of Science in Architectural Engineering. His IEP followed him to Ohio State and their Office of Disability services assisted in assuring that the necessary allowances were provided to facilitate his learning. The seed of this success was planted long ago, in your office. Just thought you might enjoy hearing a happy ending. Thank You. Walt
I want to thank you so much for taking the time to test Emily. She had nothing but good things to say about you...."your cool"...in her words. She stated it was the first time in many years that someone really understood her and laughed with her. On the way home she slept like a baby ....... she said she was tired....she said it was a "good tired" !!!!! Thanks so much !!!...Steve....Karen
Dear Dr. Kay, On September 19, 2007 you evaluated our son. Because of your evaluation and recommendations the school district decided in August 2008 not to put up a fight but to send S. to The Gow School for 7th grade. Stafford testing done at Gow showed remarkable progress and S. is attending Gow again for 8th grade, once again making progress. He has been referred to as a role model and last year earned awards. Thank you so much! Without you S. would have had no chance for a successful future. Linda
Dear Dr. Kay, Hello, how are you? It's been awhile since I last spoke to you and I wanted to give you an update on Justin. He is now three weeks into school at Academy in Manayunk. He adapted very well. We went to the back to school night that was held tonight and rec'd such amazing compliments. I have always been proud of Justin but I couldn't of been prouder of him tonight. I am so excited that my son is finally going to school feeling like an equal and not embarrassed. Thank you for everything you did for us. Thank you for pointing us in the right direction. This has been a long emotional roller coaster. And I'm fully aware that we will have challenges right through to college. But as long as Justin can remain at AIM he will continue to reach for the stars. He deserves this and we will continue to fight for him. He was in the school district for six years and I had never seen improvement. Now he has a chance. Thank You. You're the BEST!!!! Jim & Josephine
Dear Dr. Kay, My husband and I had our IEP meeting for our son Mark on Wednesday. Your IEE made a world of difference in the support the school district was willing to offer to him. Your thorough examination and recommended interventions were key to getting Mark what he needs for middle school. You may already be aware of this, but I wanted to mention two items that may help other clients of yours. Mark is able to access www.bookshare.org free of charge since he has a diagnosed print disability. The federal government has added Read Aloud also so now he can download a plethora of books instantly so that he can not only listen to them, but also follow along the print with the reading. His only complaint is that he doesn't care for the robotic quality of the reading. Also the 2008 National Mathematics Advisory Panel has a list of recommendations for mathematics programs similar to what the National Reading Panel has done. The Math Panel's research has helped us to have our district recognize that our CPM (student-centered, fuzzy) math program is lacking in many areas. Thanks again for providing Mark with an invaluable service. Carl and Pam
Dear Dr. Kay, We have to thank you from the bottom of our hearts because at yesterday's IEP meeting the team agreed with your recommendations and are placing Samantha into a private school. We could not believe that they were so agreeable and supportive. The meeting went so well, no one argued or tried to discount your findings. They accepted that Sam needs intensive help and are moving forward with getting her into an ESY program with the plan to start private school in September. So it looks like we succeeded in getting Samantha the help she needs! We are so grateful for your accurate and thorough testing and recommendations as well as your advice and expertise. You were never too busy to answer our emails. You have been so very kind and supportive and have always put Sam's best interest first. We really can not thank you enough! You have saved our daughter from a lifetime of struggles, poor self esteem and illiteracy by ensuring she gets the correct program tailored to her unique needs. We could not have accomplished private placement without you and we feel that doors have been opened for our daughter and that she has a bright future ahead of her! Fondly, Crisann, Michael and Samantha
Dear Dr. Kay, I've often thought about you over the years, grateful for your accurate, insightful and very useful evaluations. Today my son Sean (age 25) asked for some information off your last evaluation of him in 1997 since he wants to be a research subject in a Harvard study on dyslexia. I thought you'd appreciate hearing a success story.
Sean is gifted, dyslexic, dysgraphic and ADD by your diagnosis, which was very accurate. He is outgoing, vibrant, happy, creative and high energy and has worked tenaciously to compensate for his learning disabilities. He attended Mercersburg Academy, a private high school in central PA, where he was captain of the soccer, lacrosse and wrestling teams. He attended Hamilton College for a year, and then transferred to American University in Washington DC, where he graduated with honors. He's an entrepreneur and has started several successful businesses throughout his college years in Indonesia. (He speaks fluent Indonesian and Spanish…Doesn't write them much at all). He recently returned to the US to be near his lady love, a PhD student at Harvard. He's waiting to hear from Yale's School of Environmental Science about doing a master's next fall.
Sean's loving life, thriving and considers himself among the blessed. His elementary school principal recently thanked me for bringing the Wilson curriculum into the school, as they continue to use it with other students. Your insight, guidance and professional skills helped Garrett and I be better parents and advocates for Sean. In turn it has helped Sean become the outstanding and happy adult he is today. There is no greater fulfillment for a parent then seeing their child living a fulfilling life. Thanks so much for your help when we needed it most. Elena
Dear Peggy, Back in the mid to late 80's you worked with my mother Grace H. She had fallen and slipped on grapes in the grocery store and was left with brain damage. May I take this opportunity to thank you for the guidance and support you gave her and the rest of our family. They were most trying times and you were one of the lights in that time of darkness for my father and I. Many, many thanks! Today my mother is driving a senior citizens bus in the southern end of Lancaster County. Thanks to you our family saw hope for the future and so did she. Sincerely, Sharon D
Peg, I know your email inbox, like mine, can sometime be overwhelming, but I had to share. Zach applied early decision to Dartmouth College and just received the notice that he was accepted. He was so excited that tears were running down his face when he got the letter. It probably gets a little repetitive but please know that your work with Zach played a significant part of the success he has obtained and we are extremely thankful that we found you. Enjoy the holidays. John & Connie M.
Dr. Kay, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help that you gave my family throughout this entire process. More than just all of your professionalism but all of your kind encouraging words. Michael is going to GOW from 2006 through 2010. He will be a graduate of the GOW school. We couldn't have done that without you and will be forever grateful. God Bless you and your family. I couldn't think of a better person I would like to take this journey with than you. Mary
Dear Dr. Kay, I wanted to give you some feedback on our son whom you diagnosed back in 2000 with NLD and later with Asperger's. At the time you evaluated him he was entering grade 5. He remained in public school halfway through grade 6. We then enrolled him in Lehigh Valley Lutheran School (K-8 with a total of 35 kids in the entire school). He remained in LVLS through 8th grade and received occupational therapy privately for about 9 months during grade 5. After graduating from LVLS, he enrolled in Notre Dame High School where he currently attends and in presently finishing grade 10.
I wanted to let you know all the profound and remarkable things that have happened along this journey. By enrolling him in a small private school, this helped him gain his self esteem back. In grade 7 he began playing electric bass guitar. While attending high school, he began achieving honor roll - both first and second honors many times. He has continued playing his bass and takes lessons regularly and is very musically talented. He plays in the church contemporary band and he has also begun performing in a rock band with some friends. He recently auditioned for the LV school for the performing arts and just got notice today he has been accepted! And here's the real profound thing - he wants to go to college!!!!
We feel our son's story would have been dramatically different had we not pulled him out of public school. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make the right decision. I remember the first thing out of your mouth when Terry and I came to get our son's test results were - "Your son would do very well in a small private school."
One other thing I wanted to mention - I had been going through some of his reports recently and noticed that you did some sort of evaluation where it showed that he might have a high level of musical or artistic ability. So it seems this test was right on the money! That self esteem was the key! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! With warm regards, Debbie
Hello Dr. Kay, Thank you so much for your time this morning. Charlie and I really enjoyed meeting with you and we both greatly appreciated your review/interpretation of the testing results. We have much to digest and are going to read the whole report - I'm sure we will have some follow-up questions for you at some point. Anyway, thank you again for your time - it was such an informative meeting and we both got so much out of it. It is really wonderful to actually have someone sit down with us and explain what the results mean. Take care and we'll be in touch. Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for referring us to Georgia. Ann S.
Hi Peg, In the words of Deb B. "Your testing gives us a blueprint of our children." As ever Peg, thanks for your great words of wisdom. I don't know what we'd do without you! Best, D
Hello Dr. Kay, C. has completed his first day at High Road. He is excited, eager and enjoying school once again. Toady his class will go bowling for gym class. There are 9 students in his class and much of his instruction is one/one. Although he is not completely settled in, it looks like a good fit and most of all the people care. Much different.
Your assessments were used and your visit to High Road was invaluable. Frederick Co. played the behavior card last year and we played the deaf card. A professor from Gallaudet Dr. Donna Morere has taken C. under her wing and tutored him all summer in Fast ForWord. He has made great strides and his self-esteem seems to be on the mend. Becky (our attorney) was also very aggressive and Frederick County folded at a county-wide IEP with no due process.
Many mistakes were made along the way, but with your help and support and support from the deaf community, C. has finally found a home. Thanks for being part of the village and especially that grueling round trip that you made in visitations last year...it served us well. Be well, Jo L, Grandmother to C
Dear Dr. Kay, Wanted to take a moment to bring you up to speed on our trip and how things went in California. From everything I am seeing as a Father, it appears we made out very well. Before going out there, at my wife's suggestion, I read Dr. Amen's book. After reading the book, obviously, you know what to expect. Dr. Amen's staff was great and most accommodating. I can't sing too much praise for the California Drivers though!
From what Dr. Amen & staff were able to determine, in the seven areas of the brain which were monitored, five of the seven areas were either underperforming or over performing. The meds we had F. on (Wellbutrin SR-250 mg. daily) and Cylert were the incorrect meds to treat what the need was. In layman's terms, we were 180 degrees off what we should have been treating Frank with. Since that time, with the recommendations of Dr. Amen & Dr. Rudolph from Amen's staff, we were able to change meds with a treating psychologist here in Harrisburg, a doctor with Pennsylvania Counseling Services.
There have been very positive changes in F's demeanor and just getting along with the family atmosphere. This has been only with one change of prescribed meds. There are a total of four changes for meds & diet with exercise that were the complete recommendations from the Amen Clinic. In short we are very pleased and very optimistic about the complete "package" as recommended by the Amen Clinic. I look forward to the time when all the meds are in place and we are going full speed. Dr. Rudolph did advise me in private that there were going to be positive changes in Frank's personality, which I can now begin to see, also he is a much happier young man now.
Our experience with the Amen Clinic was so impressive that I have spoken to other families in our area about the positive results. Presently L. family from Harrisburg, who also has an ADD/AHD son, is taking their son to the Amen Clinic on 9/25/03. I believe in the concept, which is, "If you don't know what is broken, then how can you fix it?". Dr. Amen is definitely ahead of his time and we are most grateful to you for the recommendation and bringing this man to our attention. It is not cheap but I ask, "How can you put a price on a fruitful, productive, and happy life?" There is no price that is too high to enhance the possibility of making that a reality. Thank you for the recommendation & sharing Dr. Amen with us, Frank
Dear Dr. Kay, I had a meeting today with the chief guidance counselor and all of B's teachers at York Catholic high school. I went over your evaluation with them highlighting your statements that were most pertinent (and that I could actually read unemotionally aloud). Anyway, I thought the meeting went very well. The entire faculty was very supportive, as you might imagine.
I took B to see Dr. Karen Kennedy a psychiatrist with Well Span behavioral health. Karen started him on Zoloft. He is taking Zoloft 25 milligrams. I really think it has done some good. B seemed to be more outgoing in the summertime. He was willing to take more risks and seemed to interact better. He was also less sullen during activities such as golfing (in which B excels immensely). B was actually able to make statements like "Gee, I wish I could hit the ball as well as you, B!" Also, he was actually able to complete a summer reading assignment before we went on vacation - fully 30 days before the start of school! We were at Yosemite Park in California. We went water skiing. That was an activity for B. Last year B would not get out of my brothers boat. This year he tried and succeeded at water skiing!. We were climbing the rocks at Yosemite falls. Needless to say, B was way ahead of us in dangerous territory. I had to keep calling him to come back. B was keeping up with me. B turned to me and said "You know, if this was last year I be sitting over there on the bench". He was absolutely correct.
School started two weeks ago and B came home on the first day and told Chris our nanny that he was going to try to be as organized as possible. He cleaned up his desk in his bedroom, he has written all of his homework into his homework book, and he has managed to complete all of his assignments. I put him into advanced math. B clearly understands all of the concepts. He makes incredibly frustrating trivial errors in calculations. We do his math homework every night together. I am trying to get it to sink into his head that writing things down in large legible digits in neat columns results in accurate calculations-performed at speeds far faster than one could possibly do it in their heads. I really think he is beginning to catch on to such a basic concept. B is in a pre-algebra course. Algebra was my favorite subject. I told B that I thought we were going to have so much fun doing his homework this year. He actually managed to smile although admittedly it was a weak smile. However, it gives him 60-90 minutes of 1: 1 interaction with me every night. It's really fun to teach Brad math. He really catches on very quickly. His major issue is accuracy-what a surprise after your evaluation! However, I keep my cool when he makes those trivial errors. Everything else is easy because he catches on so fast that it is such a joy to teach him -- and I love algebra.
I cannot thank you enough. When I first took B to see you, I really thought I was wasting your time and my dollars. That was the best money I ever spent. Thanks again, Greg F.
Dear Dr. Kay, Thank you so very much for evaluating E yesterday. As you know, I was somewhat anxious about her anxiety during evaluation and it was obvious to me that she felt quite relaxed during her assessment; she stated, "Oh, that was fun! You're obviously quite gifted at what you do. Thank you for sharing your gifts to benefit our daughter. Whether or not the results surprise us, I will know that you have been able to obtain an accurate picture. Appreciatively, R
Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D. Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Licensed Psychologist in PA and DE
Fellow American College of Forensic Examiners in Educational and School Psychology
Lancaster Office Phone: (717) 569-6223