A multitude of learning difficulties and a preference for hands-on learning can make learning a challenge. Combine that with extra challenges or a need for additional help, and you can understand William and Courtney’s dilemma. Their mom, Maria, found the perfect solution with Elephant Learning.
Maria and her husband moved to improve the family’s living conditions and provide more opportunities for their two children. Although they knew this was the right thing to do for their family, it also meant that money was much tighter than it had been. Maria was devastated to think that this might mean her daughter would have to give up the extra help she had been receiving in math through Elephant Learning.
Sixteen-year-old Courtney struggled with autism, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD. “Courtney is a happy girl who is a joy to be around,” says Maria, “but she has issues with math and has always struggled.” At twelve years old, Will also had ADHD, OCD, and a sensory processing disorder, but unlike Courtney, he excelled at math and enjoyed it. Still, Will needed to be challenged. Both children, says their mom, are visual and kinesthetic learners, so extra worksheets or other traditional approaches were not going to help.
Maria found Elephant Learning while searching for an app that could help her daughter catch up to her peers in math. She also hoped the app could supplement her son’s school math program. While the family was struggling financially, they applied to Math Matters. The scholarship they received allowed both children to continue with the program.
With Elephant Learning, Courtney received the extra help she needed to understand mathematics, and Will found the challenge he required. For a girl who loves both technology and animals, Elephant Learning was the perfect fit for Courtney. The animal avatars and the gamification engaged her. She was hooked. In just six months, Courtney gained over two years’ worth of math and is well on her way to catching up to her peers. Will gained almost four years’ in the same period. With the help of the Math Matters scholarship, the siblings are continuing to improve.