Daily Treatment Makes A Difference
Here at ALP, we require students to attend treatment five days a week – Monday through Friday. We understand how excessive that sounds to parents. We often hear such comments as, “I don’t know if my child can handle coming that many days a week” or “They have sports practice two nights a week” or “How can we do that and get homework done?”
It’s no easy thing to set aside time every weekday for treatment. And even though studies from Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin show that intensity is vital, we’re basically asking people to trust us when we insist that 2 or 3 or even 4 days a week just won’t be as effective.
We worked with a first grader this spring whose phonological awareness scores were well below average (in the 12th percentile). We worked with him for 17 weeks and saw those scores go to well above average (in the 70th percentile). After we shared his results with his mother, she had this to say about the daily intensive approach:
At first it seemed very daunting to bring Tucker in for 5 days a week. I was worried about pulling him out of school every day and interrupting his schedule. Now looking back, he needed that intervention every day to make the huge gains that he did. His school was very supportive of the schedule as well.
Thank you guys so much for everything you have done! Tucker continues to improve every day. He is reading! You guys were truly a blessing to us.