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February 10, 2016

The late afternoon I drove to the Primary School in North Trinidad in the area of Barataria, I remember three things; the classroom was stiflingly hot and humid, it was cramped and there were no more that a dozen parents present including a friend.

My brief was to tell them about dyslexia and the specialised programme I was beginning to use.

This was a first for me in many ways; the first school I was presenting to, the first client I was to work with , and unwittingly, this was to be my first big lesson on how the brain works!

I had previously worked with nine students who completed the programme and immediately improved in many and incredible ways not only with their literacy skills but with confidence, listening skills and handwriting. I was therefore confident that my new client would smoothly follow suit.

Isaiah promptly arrived with his father at my office in Port of Spain, and I began the process. Reading test. Spelling test. He was a small built child approaching his 7th year and had particular difficulties with phonics. And so for the next few weeks, this was the main emphasis of his programme material, using his own voice and multi-sensory techniques repeatedly.

I was confident that Isaiah would do extremely well as he was focused and followed the instructions well. I carried out his final tests and was DEVASTATED to discover that his improvements were at best minimal! He had hardly shifted. His father had report