Many of you are accustomed to the three-line, pithy testimonials, written by the marketing department, and signed off on by the supposed writer. You won't get that here. Instead, you'll find "real life" testimonials, sometimes lengthy, that will give you a true sense of the work I do, the students, parents, and educators I've encountered and the successes that we've enjoyed, working together. I hope that these testimonials will provide some useful insights and perhaps even some inspiration.
I have known Sylvia professionally for more than fifteen years. She has unequalled knowledge of how children learn to read and write and has worked passionately to educate and support professionals and parents. Long before most of us in the field of education recognized the importance of phonological awareness, Sylvia understood the necessity to move beyond the whole-word approach to reading instruction that was the basis of school reading programs. She was well aware of the fact that many readers struggled because they could not readily make the link between letters and sounds, but with systematic instruction, children could learn to be efficient readers and writers. I feel fortunate that I have access to the wealth of knowledge Sylvia has acquired as an educator, consultant, author and presenter.
Michele, Registered Psychologist, President of the Alberta Learning Disability Association
I have had the good fortune of working with Sylvia (continued...)
I came from a school that didn't really care. … when I came to [my new school] for grade 6, I didn't know much. [My new school] has changed my life so much! I didn't care and I would give up but [the principal and my teacher] wouldn't let me give up on myself. They would make me sit down and do work even though it was hard. Now I'm awesome in all subjects. Some of my strategies are: if words are too hard think of what they mean...(continued)