"My husband and I cannot say enough positive things about Ann. Our son struggled with learning to read in Kindergarten. Learning sight words was particularly problematic for him as was identifying rhyming words and following multi-step directions. I am a former teacher, and my bag of tricks was not helping him. Ann evaluated our son in March of his Kinder year and quickly identified fundamental areas that we needed to address. We also began a Listening program using sound therapy to target sensory motor issues.
Ann is the ultimate professional, but she is also a great motivator and coach. Although my son had started to shut down at school and with us at home, he was willing to work for Ann. She is just the right combination of no-nonsense and positive encouragement. She knows her stuff. I immediately felt that my son was safe in her hands and that our money was well spent. As a parent, I learned so much from watching Ann work with my son, and she gave me the confidence to implement what she was doing with my son at home. My son worked with Ann throughout the summer after his Kinder year on reading (in addition to doing a sound therapy program). The progress he has made with reading is truly remarkable, and I cry when I think about the difference in my boy in less than a year. We were already beginning to hear him make comments that he wasn't smart and that reading was too hard for him. Under Ann's guidance and instruction, our son's confidence has soared. Not only is he reading, but he views himself as a capable learner and reader — HUGE!!"
Elizabeth B. 2016
"Ann's work is impactful, successful and is helping make a difference in my son's schoolwork and his life. After the initial tests, we learned our son had a hearing processing issue that was never diagnosed before. It made so much sense when we looked at his speech, spelling and attention span. We've been on the iLsprogram for 6 months now and his school work has dramatically improved. He even received 100's on his spelling tests and his reading is stronger than ever! And, his social interactions and communication are improving now, too. Ann was so patient with our son. He was not easy to work with and definitely challenged her. But, she cares so much and it shows. She worked with his needs and interests to keep him engaged and challenged. She was great at setting boundaries with him and he knew exactly what was expected. The results speak for themselves. It's been a game-changer for us and our son. It's so worth it!"
Ellen W., 2016
Comment from a former student (nine-years-old, with diagnoses of dyslexia and ADHD):
Before and After
Ann worked with my son on processing skills, cognitive and speech type therapy, and did the sound therapy program. Working with Ann has helped my son a great deal. By the end of our sessions we could see positive changes, and with this new school year we can really see a difference in his discipline and attitude toward his studies. He has made improvements in all his grades and personal development. He is much more responsible and try's harder now. His speech skills and social skills improved during the sessions as well.
From Angie's List, 2014
We are so pleased with our 14-year-old son's progress as he worked with Ann and the Learning Ears program these past six months. Danny's reading is so much better! He has learned to decode words instead of just guessing or becoming really frustrated and not wanting to read.
Ann is firm and caring with her students and really wants them to succeed. Our son looked at his test results at the end of the program and was smiling to see his progress. We will follow through with Ann’s recommendation to continue The Listening Program and other useful tips she gave us to keep our Danny moving forward. Thank you, Ann, for your patience with a sometimes-not-so-happy teen!
Leslie F., 2010
Max is doing so well in school this year. It is like a totally new world! He is doing awesome in math, reading at a DRA 20 and he has gotten 100% on EVERY spelling test this year. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? I am so happy… mostly because I can see the change in his self-confidence. I feel like I owe you so much and I definitely want to have Max work with you on reading next summer so he can continue to improve. Thank you again for everything you have done for Max.
Austin Learning Solutions has been absolutely life changing. My son is dyslexic. He was two years behind in school academically. After months and months of skepticism, we worked with Ann for 12 intense weeks in the summer. We used a couple of her programs that were very successful. Ann does not simply provide tutoring. She has the knowledge and expertise to work with the brain to make changes in how the student acquires and retains the information. She's not a quick fix. It's not always easy. She's worth more than money can buy.
While the programs Ann used were extremely effective, the most important component was Ann. She has an innate ability to ever so gently encourage and push students to their full potential. Not only is she an expert educator, she is a fabulous person full of joy and passion for helping struggling learners.
Just as Ann said, 6 months after our session, we continued to see cognitive improvement. My son was almost on grade level and was making B's and some A's in middle school. He just graduated from high school and has been accepted to several universities. We owe much of this success to Ann. Don't waste valuable time like I did, start now.
Ann is just wonderful. I took my fourth grader to her because he seemed to be struggling with reading. After a 20 week course of Learning Ears, the changes are obvious. His reading fluency, accuracy and expression are all greatly improved. His confidence has gotten quite a boost. A pre- and post-assessment were done. We had significant gains. We are very pleased.
Kim K., 2011
Thank you for all your help, Ann. I am still amazed and grateful when I hear her read off the TV or a billboard.
We wouldn't be at this point without you.
Mark P., 2011
I sent an email inquiring about PACE tutors in the Austin area. I was so excited to see your name at the top of the list in the reply I received.
There are no accidents in life! I am so glad to hear that you are back. I can now share the great gift that you are to other families that are in need of your kindness, care and understanding. Chris will be a Sr. next year. He started driving and just finished his Eagle Scout project...
I would love to hear what you have been up to. I know life in this community just got better because you are back in this area of town.
Renee D., 2011
l want to write a Letter of Recommendation and Appreciation attesting to your ability, your patience, and your professionalism as an Educator. l had no expectations of what a "Summer School Teacher" would do, or should do, when l contacted you from an ad in the local paper.
Your teaching program is surprisingly different. You are a master at delivering it to the student and adhere to a strict code of concentration during the hourly sessions. Cooperation from the parents is also vital to the success of your program. By working with the student and the parents the course will be a tremendous benefit to the student as he enters the next school year.
l am excited to have met you and excited for the eleven-year-old with whom you worked this summer. l am absolutely sure, as a result of your work, this student will sail through this next year and the years following, as the skills learned through your program will grow and help the student to prosper in life.
You have my full appreciation for your teaching ability.
V. Hall Capt USNR-R [Ret], 2010
Will was near the end of first grade. Although he had much extra help at his school and after school, he was reading at early first grade level. He did our phonics program, and within three months was reading at mid-second grade level. Now Will loves to read!
Thank you so much for helping us with Will's reading. You were literally a God-send!
Sylvia S., 2011
Lara had problems with attention and behavior, getting poor conduct marks, and she had poor reading comprehension. She did the PACE program with Miss Ann in Summer, 2010. Her mother reports back here.
Sept. 24, 2010 Yesterday the school sent home Progress Reports and I am very happy to tell you that Lara made all A's. She has had excellent behavior marks since the first day of school, and she says that she loves school. I don't know what to say except that I am truly grateful to you for all of the time and effort you put into helping us. Lara's confidence and attitude are great. I am keeping a close watch on her work to make sure I give her extra help where she may need it (but so far she hasn't needed any). She seems to be comprehending things more quickly now.
Thank you for being so kind and making the PACE program as fun as possible. Lara never complained about going to see you and always had a smile on her face after her sessions with you.
February 23, 2011 Lara is doing excellent. She has been making A's in everything except math, a very strong B+. Her behavior marks have been excellent as well. We both couldn't be happier!
Roxanne H., 2011
Six months after Jacob completed his program, I had a phone call from his mom:
Jacob has improved so much. He has a high B in reading and a 93 in spelling; all homework is A’s. Report card is A’s and B’s. He didn’t want to go to school last year. He used to cry if we went to a bookstore or library. Now, Jacob wants to go - a dramatic change! He wants to read for two hours! He wants to go to school and is having a great year. I’m SO thankful!
Stephanie K., 2011
Our eight year old son was obviously very bright, but he struggled in academics. He was becoming so frustrated with writing that he dreaded even writing a simple sentence. In reading, he was slow and falling behind grade level. He also exhibited problems relating to peers, regulating his affect and concentrating. We were extremely concerned as parents, so we began researching and consulting experts to determine how to best help our son. This was a frustrating and daunting task, because when dealing with the brain it is not easy to get a clear picture of what is happening. In the end, we learned that he had a variety of neurological anomalies that were contributing to his learning disabilities. Some of the recommendations we were given were helpful and some were not.
One recommendation we were given was to find a reading tutor for our son. We were blessed to find Ann at Austin Learning Solutions. Ann's evaluation results were very specific, and the educational treatment plan was effective. At the end of his tutoring sessions with Ms. Conolly, he was reading above grade level and writing paragraphs as a calm, happy child with a love of learning! I would recommend A+ Learning to any parent of a child with reading problems. Ann's experience, knowledge, and thorough attention to my child's educational plan saved my son from a life of frustration.
As a parent, it is such a relief to finally find what works for our child. By utilizing exercises that develop the brain's neural pathways, our son 's mind functions more effectively than ever, and it is wonderful to see him blossom.
Jennifer C., July 2008
Thanks again for all your hard work with Eli. It has paid off in so many ways...
George C., 2003
Thank you for showing me patience
when I was lost for words,
A path to explore with my writing,
And kindness when I became frustrated.
Hi, Ann! Travis has had an outstanding 5th grade year. After the first 9 weeks, the special ed. teacher recommended we move Travis back to regular LA for a trial run. We have a wonderful regular ed. teacher who recognizes how bright Travis is in spite of his learning differences and he's doing great. As a matter of fact, they took the practice TAKS reading test last week, and Travis finished it! In 3rd grade, he took the practice TAKS reading test, worked on it all day and still didn't finish. So this was a huge victory for him! He loves being back in the regular classroom.
Thank you for your help this spring and summer. I'd say he wouldn't have made near the improvement without PACE. And, Travis used your visualization technique to remember where the 13 original colonies were. He came up with his own pictures and word associations and got all the states in the correct place!!! It was awesome.
Jana W. , 2005
...The benefits from PACE were very evident all throughout the 4th grade. Luke had reduced stress and improved abilities. Just as you had told us, the foundation of what I call “brain training” that PACE provided transferred into every academic area that Luke was challenged with. Things were just easier for Luke. After the first summer we thought that PACE was the best thing that we had ever done for Luke, and as you know we have done a lot of other things.
We were also very pleased that you introduced Luke to PhonoGraphix during the school year. This was a much better way to learn to read, write, and spell that the confusing phonics he was getting at school. The combination of PACE’s cognitive enhancement and PhonoGraphix’s skills made Luke’s 4th grade year his best ever. His teachers were commenting on the progress he was making and the corresponding improvement in his attitude. I am also pleased that during this time the light bulb finally went off, and he started to want to read. I had doubted that this would ever come for Luke, given his prior difficulties with reading.
Craig D., 2004
Yesterday my heart was filled with joy during the Learning Ears lesson because I knew Erin was making significant progress. She used expression for almost the whole lesson, tiring only in the last 5-10 minutes. She is doing GREAT in stressing the correct words in each sentence (Something good readers all do intuitively. I never paid much attention to it before.)
Kathy G., 2007
Steven’s grades in high school are good. He is doing well in all his classes. His reading and spelling has still improved tremendously. I'm so glad we decided to use this program. I honestly don't know what we would have done without you. We both appreciate it so much. Steven sent me a text message on my cell phone the other day and every word was spelled right. Before I probably couldn't have made it out!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Candy G., 2006
My son, Gregory, has just completed the 12-week PACE program. As a parent of a child with a learning disability, I was somewhat skeptical when my wife first looked into the PACE program. I want to strongly recommend this program to anyone who has a child with any kind of cognitive learning disability. To say that I have been amazed is an understatement.
Gregory can now do things that I think are impossible, and I wouldn't attempt myself! The tools he has learned from this Have helped him immediately, and I know will help him in the future. Ann has been a wonderful, patient and sometimes forceful guide for my son, for which I am grateful.
Lawrence H., 2001
... Steven has improved from a mere 53% to 93%. He is now above his grade level in reading! One of our goals for Steven was to give him the tools that he could actually use independently. PhonoGraphix definitely did that. Early on you had mentioned that what you liked about the method was that it simplified reading. It certainly gave me the tools along with him to help him decode.
Thank you for your patience and the ability you have to bring out the best in your students. Your encouragement and attention were priceless. Your soothing voice and attention to quality time and detail was a blessing.
Caryl A., 2002
Dear Miss Ann, I'm enjoying the e-card you sent and the Star Date magazine. Thank you for teaching me because a good education is better than any present.
After much extra help at school, I found out that my son was still reading below first grade level. Then we found A+ Learning Solutions. The decoding concepts Ann taught empowered Andrew. At the end of six weeks, he was decoding 4th grade words, was no longer frustrated with reading, and was actually reading above his grade level.
Maria C., 2004