Family First: Learning Rx

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Too often, students fall through the cracks in the school system because of learning disabilities that aren't caught or simply an over-loaded system for the teachers to find them. We introduce you to a young woman and her mother who never gave up the fight and won.

Jenny Sashi is starting from the beginning. At 18, she's about to graduate from high school and just now learning to read.

" There were many teachers who helped me throughout the year. But there were others who just said I was lazy, I didn't want to know anything, I didn't want to learn, that wasn't true... it wasn't true at all."

Back when she was 12, Jenny met Connie Nadler, working in the public school system on children with disabilities.

" She had just recently been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder."

Connie was one of many who worked hard to get Jenny help but at the time, she didn't improve.

" I would say at best Jenny was sinking and sinking fast when I first met her."

Fast forward six years. Jenny's mother, Pam, had never given up and was referred to Connie's new business, Learning RX.

"We were talking on the phone and she said this is Pam and then she said, Connie is that you?"

This time, for the first time, the training made a difference.

"I love to read now. When I told that to my mom she started crying. "

Her mom, Pam, talks about how being her daughter's biggest advocate has paid off.

" As a teacher I got what teachers were saying b/c you only have limited time and resources and ability. But as a parent, I said you do your job and I'm going to do my job and I'm an advocate and I'm going to find a program."

She did and they've stuck with it nearly a year. Jenny is at a third grade reading level and moving forward steadily. The commitment includes *hours* at home... but now she feels confident in her future. She'll go to MATC in the fall and hopes to get into UW Oshkosh some day to learn fashion design.

" Oh there's hope out there. It doesn't matter what age you are."


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