Dear fellow parents of failing students

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Editor's note: This story is part of the Fall 2011 Education and Enrichment Guide, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal. Click here to view the entire Fall 2011 Education Guide.

Professionals struggle to better understand why some boys and girls succeed in school while others struggle. Those of us professionals with children needing special help know this struggle personally as much as most parents do. Like most 'special' parents, I face each report card with the hope that my son has evaded the many problems and factors that go into an unsuccessful school day for most the past ninety or so days. We parents ask ourselves everyday what professionals and researchers can only plot out in numbers: will he be ok today? Will he pay attention in class more today? (Should we talk about the dreaded medication next doctor visit?) Will he like school, the teacher or himself today? Can't he find someone who won't get him into trouble to 'hang out' with? Why can't we connect with each other the way we use to about school? Parents of failing students often say it is just too many things coming at their school children and teens, boys or girls. "It's just too much to handle," they explain to us professionals. And, you know what? It is too much! That is where we professionals can help by first being honest: we can help with many but not all things! Why, because there is so much that can go wrong. But, we professional supporters can, and I try, help parents keep trying each day while hoping most days are good days by report card time.

What kind of professional am I? I'm an educational rehabilitation specialist who finds traits, life experiences, and bad learning habits that can jeopardize your child's healthy development. I and my team of specialized tutors, motivators and clinicians use your family's own positive protective characteristics and life experiences with professional techniques that increases a young man's or young lady's chance of good grades and better self confidence. The caring and supportive adults at Dr Bill's Learning Center help families help their young students understand their problems with school and take back control of handling problems instead of letting problems handle them. We help boys and girls, but we really understand the special hurdles that boys, especially boys of color must handle. We attend to them one-on-one when they have focusing problems, we motivate them when they have the school blues, and when their expectations are low we reach down and help them rise up to see their potential. We won't promise to fix everything, but we will promise to listen, to be honest, and try our best to bring the best out of your child. And perhaps, we can share 'special' parent stories. (This marking period my ADHD son, J., is doing ok, and just graduated 8th grade... yeah!)

— Best wishes from Dr. Bill, Dr. Bill's Learning Center

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