When Henry began his journey at Winston Prep School he was an outgoing, compassionate, empathetic and engaging fourth-grader who loved art and music. He worked slowly through most language-based tasks due to his decoding and encoding difficulties and was sometimes unable to maintain the energy needed to complete tasks.
Even though Henry had strong comprehension, reasoning ability and social skills, his difficulties with the mechanics of reading and writing continuously got in his way. Henry frequently understood how and what was needed to complete tasks, however, his performance was significantly slowed because basic academic skills were not automatic. Despite his intelligence and significant potential he often became frustrated because he had such difficulty reaching that potential. At Winston Prep Henry receives intense and systematic decoding and encoding instruction throughout his day. His program is designed based on research-proven methods to remediate students with dyslexia, but at Winston Prep we go further to adapt these methods to Henry’s specific set of strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, at Winston Prep School Henry’s reading and writing program is specifically designed for him and no one else. As Henry’s basic skills improve, his curriculum focuses on abstract and critical thinking. At Winston Prep we are able to individualize programs based on strengths and gifts as students overcome their difficulties.