The Lord works in mysterious ways. This has never been more apparent to me than when I reflect on the journey that my wife and son have endured to seek help for a child with a learning disorder. Our story is familiar to many parents. It starts with a concerned note or comment from a Pre-K or first-grade teacher. Then you get some evaluations done or seek services from your local school district by getting another evaluation and an Individualized Education Plan, then a vision specialist, then vision therapy, occupational therapy . . . maybe you have tried it all as we did. And if you still find yourself hitting a brick wall, and your child languishing, you start to get desperate. You might even turn to prayer. That is where we were after three years of effort by some talented and well-meaning experts; we were still hitting the wall and our son was getting further behind his peers. Then an occupational therapist told us we needed to look into the Discovery Program at The King’s Academy. One visit and we were sold. The education therapy team in the Discovery program uses a truly individualized approach in crafting the most effective approach to each child’s need. They have a big toolbox. They know which tool to use, and when to use it. They also build relationships with parents to expand therapeutic activities into the home environment where reinforcement plays a critical role in progress. They have taken the best practices from multiple disciplines and therapeutic models, all supported by empirical research, and brought it all under one roof – The Discovery Program. I’m going to go ahead and say it – it’s a Miracle. And because we are a Christian School, the therapists of the Discovery Program bring a spiritual commitment to the task at hand. They understand that when a child feels loved, supported and understood, they are prepared to move beyond that first barrier to growth and learning – they are willing to trust and try, and fail, and try again because they feel safe and supported. After a year or three or four, you will see a child that has been transformed, prepared to achieve their potential and thrive. They Discovery teachers never give up. They are ready to have that bad day with your child and keep going, the next day, and the next day. These people are on a mission, and it shows in the results. It is not an overnight kind of miracle – it takes a lot of commitment, it is expensive – but we were fortunate to receive some scholarship funding through the Exceptional Education program which has been a blessing for us, and is in the process of being expanded to bring this opportunity to more families in South Carolina.
We traveled far and wide looking for help when it was literally in our back yard the whole time.
We thank the Lord for the Discovery Program and the talented therapists whose sacrificial commitment to helping our sweet boy is so evident. They not only helped him, but they helped us to better understand him and his needs. Although this program is challenging, it has given our son the confidence and skills he needs to persevere through the obstacles that life has in store for him. We are very grateful for the continued support of these special people and blessed to have been part of such a wonderful group.
-The Creel Family
Our daughter had the privilege of being in the Discovery Program at The King’s Academy during the 2014-2015 school year. This program is amazing! Our daughter’s educational therapist met her right where she was but did not let her stay there for long. As every session transpired, we could see her being stretched and challenged at precisely the right time for growth to occur. We sat amazed as her stamina, work habits, organizational skills, and general academic performance rose to new heights. We give thanks to God for the opportunity He allowed our family to be blessed by this program and its wonderful therapist.
-Charles and Leslie Sandifer
Discovery is not my favorite class at TKA, but I have already seen an improvement in my classes because I go there. In a Discovery session sometimes, I get frustrated about the work I’m doing, but if I focus and take a deep breath, I can conquer the work. The biggest change I have seen has been in my mental math thinking. I have also greatly improved in comprehension. Discovery has and still continues to benefit me.
Discovery is hard, painful, powerful, enlightening, and most of all worth it. Although it may take time, energy, and tears you will succeed. The results are worth it. There were many things that I did not understand at first but as time went by my understanding grew. Starting as a trickle, then I grew into a current of accomplishments, and knowledge propelling me into a world that I am better prepared for. A word to those who are reading this, those who ask if Discovery is really worth it, I would tell you with all my heart, YES!
I was told by many people that Discovery would help me in many ways. For some reason, I knew I would hate it. I wanted nothing to do with it at first, but after I met with my therapist for the first time, my mindset completely changed. I mean, I wasn’t a big fan of the homework at first, or even now, but I did know it provided a place of help and a place to talk to someone at any time. I’ve been in Discovery since 7th grade and I feel completely at ease around my therapist and all the Discovery teachers. They’re very sweet and loving women, and I know I can always go to them for help. After all, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to overcome my reading disability. Although I wasn’t exactly thrilled about Discovery at first, it paid off in the long run and I definitely made special relationships that I hope will last a lifetime.
A book can take you anywhere. Just like a book can carry you to many new places Discovery has also taken me to a new plane in my reading. A year ago, I dreaded reading and avoided it as much as possible, but now I enjoy reading! In my free time reading is one of the things I choose to do. A few years ago, I would have never thought I would say that. What I most appreciate about Discovery is that it has allowed me to go to many “new places.”