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Real Moms, Real Kids: How AAS Saved My Son with Dyslexia

teen boy spelling words with letter crackers

When you have a child with dyslexia, does it sometimes feel like you need a miracle?

You’ve exhausted all avenues, but you can’t give up—because it’s your child.

Your child can’t read or spell. The school system has let him down and it feels like the world has let him down—but you won’t let him down. Even so, a miracle would be nice because you don’t know what to do next.

If you have ever felt the desperation that comes from watching your child fail in such a critical subject area, and if you have ever feared for your child’s future, then you will relate to this story. I know I did.

Hannah’s* story shows the strength of a mother’s love for her child. Whether your child has dyslexia or not, there are powerful lessons to be learned and poignant reminders that you can’t give up on your kids, no matter what others may say.

Here’s Hannah…

My son is the kindest and most honest and selfless child I know. He has taught me more about this world than I could have ever taught him. Yet with all these amazing qualities, he never excelled in school. From the very first day, school was a nightmare. He absolutely dreaded going and would cry and beg not to go. He struggled in all his subjects, but mainly reading and spelling.

His learning diminished. He lost all motivation for learning and doubted his abilities to do anything. Any time spelling or reading was presented to him, it became a battle of wills. He would instantly shut down, and it would become a power struggle even to get him to write his spelling words, let alone try to read them. Of course, all of this left my son with low self-esteem.

Our road to finding All About Spelling was a hard one. From reading and spelling intervention classes, special needs class, misdiagnoses, and even being told that my child had reached his learning potential at the age of 10—we faced so many trials. As his parent, I was angry, confused, and heartbroken. I didn’t understand why his teachers couldn’t see the child I saw. I knew he had more in him. I knew he could learn, but at the same time, I also knew something was wrong. He didn’t read like other kids his age. That’s when I decided to homeschool.

teen boy working with letter tiles

I tried a few spelling programs and found that most shared the same approach—repetitively writing the words or building word pyramids. These approaches did not work for us and I was not impressed. After my son was diagnosed with dyslexia, I began to learn more about dyslexia and how the brain of a dyslexic person interprets information. All the horrible years at school began to make perfect sense. I started searching for curriculum that worked for dyslexic children. That’s when I found All About Spelling. When I opened the teacher’s manual, there were no repetitive lists, no pyramids. The layout was easy. It was structured but flexible. All I had to do was follow the steps.

Now we have been avid AAS users for three years and the progress my son has made is indescribable. For him, spelling is a complex process. But AAS gives him the tools he needs to succeed.

The AAS phonograms app taught him to recognize the correct sounds of letters. Letter tiles gave him physical letters to refer to. He didn’t have to rely on straight memory, and he could focus on one letter and one sound at a time. The Key Cards are like a “safe base” for him. They make the spelling rules simple and easy to remember.

All About Spelling curriculum

I don’t know that I can truly convey all the things AAS has done for our family. But I can convey the joy I feel when I see my son learning—when he spells a word on the board, jumbles up the letters, and then stops himself and says, “Wait, Mom.” I can hear him whispering and repeating one of the memorized key cards to himself. Then he self-corrects the misspelled word. No frustration, no overwhelmed feeling, just confidence. That feeling is priceless.

All About Spelling not only helped my son learn to spell, it gave him confidence in himself again—confidence that he had lost so many years before. It gave him the reassurance that with the right approach he could spell and read. To have witnessed the change in him leaves me in awe.

Here’s What I Love about Hannah’s Story

Hannah and her son’s story is almost overwhelming to me, and not just because of the similarities to my own story. What if she hadn’t taken matters into her own hands and intervened? Where would her son be in five years? Ten years?

Without literacy, the chances of achieving a positive outcome—a happy, well-adjusted man—are not very good. But instead of accepting what others believed was inevitable, Hannah turned the tide, and now she sees her son’s growing confidence, his increasing skills, and his handsome smile.

THIS is the reason I continue to write and teach every day. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Hannah!

Products Hannah Used with Her Son

These blog posts were especially helpful to Hannah in teaching her son:

Did you enjoy Hannah’s story? Read more stories in our Real Moms, Real Kids series.

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*To preserve the privacy of the child featured in this story, we did not use the family’s real names.

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R. Babcock

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I have 2 sons who are dyslexic. I am thrilled I found your website.

Robin E.

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I’m glad you have found this helpful! We also have a Dyslexia Resources page I think you will find helpful too. Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Elyse Riech :)

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I have a 10 yr old son who is Dyslexic, we tried games, tutors, even that Abc mouse thing,we tried the AAS program and he is a different child now. he is learning and liking it. Our oldest son Chase whose 14 was reading your article and told my husband and I to try it out Now every monday when the kids get the weekly spelling test words. he spends time working with Mark using this program and last week Mark brought home his first 100% on his spelling test and he’s still smiling. thank you your a lifesaver.

Robin E.

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Oh, Elyse, this is so wonderful! I am so happy to hear how well your son is doing, but even more excited that he is learning to like learning! That is such a huge thing. And how wonderful that your son Chase is using All About Spelling to help his brother succeed with spelling. They must be so close.

Congratulations, Mark, on that 100%! Keep up the excellent work!

WOW! That is so encouraging and motivating.

LibertyMom

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Thank you for sharing this story. My daughter is struggling with reading and we love AAR curriculum. I’m seeing progress, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed because I want us to be farther along than we are. I’m so happy to have found a reading program that works and keeps my daughter moving towards literacy.

Robin E.

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LibertyMom,
I understand that feeling of wanting your child to move faster and not being able to do so. But it does work out. With all the struggles we’ve had through the years, I look around and am sometimes shocked to see all my kids happily reading on grade level or higher. Your daughter will get there too! Slow, steady, and consistent do win the race!

Kylie

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I’m so grateful to Hannah for sharing her story. It’s heartening to see other care givers who refuse to lose sight of all their children are capable of even in the face of programs and systems that say otherwise.

Thank you so much Robin for your dedication, belief and hard work. Everything you share has provided so much guidance and reassurance for those who are anxious and overwhelmed by one of the most important gifts they can give their children; love and literacy.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Kylie. I have been through the anxiety and overwhelmed feelings myself, and it is such a blessing for me to be able to help others help their children succeed as I and others like Hannah have done!

Kylie

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… and understanding

Brittany

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We are finishing up Level 1 in AAR and are excited to start Level 1 in AAS next school year! My daughter hated reading but has fallen in love thanks to this program.

Christine

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This is me!

Julie Worden

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I purchased AAS for my children, but my spelling has greatly improved as a result of working through the program with my kids. We love AAS!

Beth

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😍 I have a daughter who struggles with spelling, and AAS saved us last year when nothing else was working no amount of school testing was helping answer our questions. But AAS made sure she understood why the words are spelled the way they are. Like I keep telling her, we do this for her, not for me. I want her to have confidence in her work!

Robin E.

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Beth,
I am sorry that daughter struggles with spelling, but am very pleased to read that All About Spelling is making a difference for her!

Lisa

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I love your story and thank you for sharing it! We had one struggling learner who has also blossomed under this method and now, years later, is a voracious reader.

Robin E.

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Lisa,
I love that your student struggled but now is a voracious reader! It is oh, so wonderful that he or she not only succeeded with reading but grew to love reading as well! Thank you for sharing this.

Susi

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What an amazing story!!! This only confirms that we are on the right path!!!💞

Robin E.

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Susi,
I’m really happy that this has helped to confirm your path!

Christina

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Love this! ❤️ So inspiring for those who struggle.

Robin E.

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Christina,
I’m pleased to know this has been inspiring for you!

Carolyn K

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I love All about learning press.

Kirsten

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Thank you for creating a program that my busy kinaesthetic child loves. Reading was a chore before but now she loves it and is learning so easily.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Kirsten. I loved that All About Reading has helped change your child’s mind about reading!

Michelle Long

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AAS and AAR are great for special needs!

Pevz

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My kids are not dyslexic but this sure is a great read for us too so that we can share it to others!

Amy H

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This is joy to read. I hope AAR and AAS will do the same for my 10 year old who struggles.

Karla

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I’ve been using AAS with my 2nd grader and love it! Such a great success story!

Jamilyn

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I am so thankful that I am able to learn from those like Hannah who share your story. The power of the internet makes finding resources as Mom/Teachers so much easier! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jamilyn,
I know just what you mean and wholeheartedly agree! It can be isolating to homeschool and even more so to homeschool struggling learners, but with the internet help is just a click away.

Let me know if you need anything. I’d love to be some internet encouragement for you!

Leah

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Inspiring story ❤️

Simone

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Wish all this wondrrful information was around when my god-son was struggling as a kid.
Thank you.

Kristi

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I just found these products, and am so excited to try them out with my child who has struggled to learn to read and spell. Thanks for a wonderful article and hope for our future!

Yvette

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As a reading specialist and dyslexia practioner, I find your multisensory materials engaging and easy for parents to understand and use. I always check your blog for new ideas and activities.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yvette,
Thank you for sharing your professional perspective with us. I’m excited to hear that you find the materials engaging and easy for parents to use.

Karen Smith

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This is our story also! My daughter was struggling so much as a dyslexic student in her spelling. At age 9, we started AAS at level 1 and worked through level 5 over the course of a few years. I am happy to report that her spelling has DRAMATICALLY improved. I started by second daughter on the AAR and AAS programs as well. The curriculum is easy to use, and I love the built in review for mastery.

Robin E.

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Karen,
I’m excited to hear that your daughter has had such dramatic improvement in her spelling and that All About Spelling played a part in it! Way to go, mom and student!

Kerrie

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Love this program, using with my 4th child now.

Machell Duke

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That’s so awesome.
Thank you for a great story.

Jill

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It’s so good to see him so happy learning after what was obviously such a struggle. Way to go!

Kelsi

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Glad these products are able to help so many different types of learners!

liannpa

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Thank you for sharing, so inspiring!

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