We're Important, NOT Stupid
We Will Help Learning Disabled Students
New York City:
Most are not rowdy, disruptive or violent. On the contrary, they often are almost invisible. And, though they may have friends, they feel isolated, alone, and even worthless. Tutoring might help in some cases. Psychological counseling might help a little. Grounding and restriction of privileges usually do not help. They are a disappointment to their teachers, to their parents, and especially to themselves. Yet these young people cannot offer any clues about what is wrong.
They are the children with moderate learning disabilities, such as visual, organizational, auditory, and some cognitive disabilities. Some are borderline ADD or ADD without hyperactivity. Through testing and evaluation, they might be designated as "504 students" or some similar indicator of moderate learning disabilities. Surprisingly, test results may indicate that some of them are gifted, but the teachers cannot understand why they don't produce. They are not severely learning impaired with severe ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactive Disorder), PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay), cerebral palsy, autism, or traumatic brain injury which would qualify them for "special ed." programs. In the end, most of these students are not even tested, and they are simply labeled "lazy", both at school and at home. They fall into a crack between gifted and special education. They become disillusioned and frustrated adults who often move from one low-paying job to another, sometimes using alcohol or other substances to dull the pain of their lives.
The bottom line is: there are very few programs designed for these young people, even though school systems usually say otherwise. They seldom receive psychological counseling or tutoring from learning disabled specialists. And, most importantly, their numbers are growing.
Yet something in them insists: I AM IMPORTANT. I AM NOT STUPID!
Carl Purcell is such a student. Testing and excellent progress in the early elementary school grades identified Carl as a gifted student, and he received a full scholarship to a fine private school in New York for grades 2 - 4. But concentration and focusing difficulties appeared during the fifth grade, and school became difficult and frustrating. His mother, Dr. Karen Purcell, tried a year of home schooling in the hope that the personal attention of a loving family and friends would help, but it did not. She tried different schools, different settings, tutoring, extra help, and therapy, but nothing seemed to make a difference. Carl became more frustrated. Carl's case was aggravated by continual fatigue, immune problems, and clinical depression.
Meanwhile, his teachers labeled him "bright, but lazy."
Carl's difficult struggle continued through middle school and into high school. However, two significant occurrences shed new light on his situation. First, Carl discovered a gift for writing. He developed a natural gift for expressing a deep and profound world view in beautiful essays and poems, some of which were deemed worthy of publication, and one of which won an award in a national poetry competition. (See Carl's Calendar & Poetry Collection.) Carl found a niche where he seemed to belong and in which he could function well. He proved, as his family had always known, that he was not stupid!
Carl's Calendar & Poetry Collection is dedicated to all learning disabled children, teens, and their parents who struggle through each day. HANG IN THERE!
(Proceeds from the sale of Carl's Calendar & Poetry Collection go to sponsor Dr. Purcell and other nutritionally - oriented doctors to speak to schools, universities, PTA's, and school boards nationwide on children's nutrition and behavior, and essential fatty acid testing.)
Second, Carl's mother, Dr. Karen Purcell, a naturopathic physician and a licensed clinical nutritionist, found natural therapies that aided Carl greatly in his concentration and in his ability to sustain a higher level of effort for a longer period of time. She learned of Essential Fatty Acid testing made famous in the film, "Lorenzo's Oil". The results of this testing and the excellent information provided by Dr. Patricia Kane, PH.D., along with other natural protocols made a remarkable difference in Carl's cognitive functions. That is, Dr. Purcell found, as she had long suspected, that:
THE CAUSES FOR MUCH OF A LEARNING DISABLED STUDENT'S LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ARE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND TREATABLE! The message is clear:
Dr. Karen Purcell, M.M., N.D., C.N. considers the ability to identify and to help these young people so important that she and her husband have formed a not-for-profit organization to meet this need. It is called:
The WINS FoundationWINS funds campaigns to identify and help learning disabled students through 3 main efforts:
We're Important, NOT Stupid
For information on essential fatty acid testing and a nutritionally - oriented doctor in your area, please call: 1-888-327-9554
NOW IS THE TIME FOR WINS!