My name is Anne Kloth, and my son Lawrence (L.G.) is dyslexic. We knew at a young age that Lawrence was very bright, but we couldn’t understand why he struggled so much in school. For over 10 years, we traveled far and wide, until the mystery was solved.
At 10 years old, we met Jeffrey Freed, educator, speaker and author of Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World. He insisted we have Lawrence tested for dyslexia, and referred us to the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado who determined that not only was Lawrence dyslexic, he was also impacted by dyscalculia (math). Later, we discovered dysgraphia was the cause of his struggle with writing, and ADD was the cause of everything else!
We thought his problems would end with this diagnosis, but little did we know that finding the right kind of tutoring would prove to be almost as big of a challenge as receiving an accurate diagnosis. After using many programs which did not work, including Dore (which didn’t “cure” dyslexia, but helped in many other ways), Davis Dyslexia Correction Program, Vision Therapy, Hooked on Phonics and various other reading programs (for which I have apologized to my son repeatedly over the years), we finally learned about the Barton Reading & Spelling System.
We are pleased to report that Lawrence is now a graduate of Hope College, and with the Barton Reading & Spelling System, we’ve found our life’s calling.
We’ve been there, and tried everything. We know there is hope for people struggling with reading, because these programs work! Research has proven which methods work best to teach struggling readers and dyslexic students to read and spell and we are using these proven methods to help students reach their highest potential.
Anne is the proud parent of her gifted and dyslexic son, Lawrence. Upon discovering his difficulty learning to read, they traveled all over the country looking for answers. After many failed attempts, they were determined to find programs that worked, and help students with their reading difficulties, so they didn’t have to struggle like Lawrence did. Upon discovering the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and the LiPS program, they knew they found the answers they were seeking, leading to the formation of Reading Success Plus.
Anne is co-founder of Reading Success Plus, where she is a Certified Dyslexia Specialist, Trainer and Tutor. She is trained in Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS), as well as Visualizing and Verbalizing, Barton Reading and Spelling, Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Mathematics Beginning and Advanced levels for Orton-Gillingham practitioners; and Learning without Tears.
Anne received her Bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from Chapman University. After an eleven-year career with Merrill Lynch, Anne made the decision to stay at home to accommodate Lawrence’s learning differences and advocate for him. Learning in a traditional school became so difficult that Anne decided to homeschool her son for several years. Anne is pursuing her Masters in Reading Science with a Dyslexia Certification, from Mt. St. Joseph University.
Anne’s work with her son led her to become a full-time dyslexia advocate and founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan, a national grassroots advocacy group. She also founded the local Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan group, which educates and supports parents of dyslexic children. Anne is a board member of the Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Lawrence G. Kloth Jr.
Lawrence is co-founder of Reading Success Plus, where he is a Dyslexia Specialist, Trainer and Tutor. He is trained in Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS), Visualizing and Verbalizing, Barton Reading and Spelling, Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Mathematics Beginning and Advanced levels for Orton-Gillingham practitioners; and Learning without Tears.
School was always difficult for Lawrence because he was not taught in the way he learned best. He is dyslexic, ADD, dysgraphic and has trouble with math. School was always a struggle, but accommodations saved him and assistive technology was his best friend. Thank goodness for sports, this is where he excelled. He played football and baseball in High School, and football for three years at Hope College. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys personal fitness and hanging out with friends. Lawrence views dyslexia and his other learning disabilities as a gift, allowing him to see the world differently. His goals for the future are to help kids who struggle.
Lawrence is a graduate of Hope College, with a B.A. in Political Science and Leadership. Lawrence interned with The Micah Center’s Education Advocacy Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spoke to various organizations throughout the state, including testifying before the Michigan House Education Committee, and met with the Lt. Governor several times. Lawrence is a Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan.