DR. H J H RICHARDS
My Dear Sean,
During a visit to my daughter in Hong
Kong, I was impressed by a report in a Sunday Newspaper Magazine
describing the research and results behind your Alpha Learning Institute’s
My wife and I joined the Alpha Learning
course. We hoped to learn how we could help our two grandchildren, aged
18 and 15 years.
Child psychologists diagnosed both boys as
being dyslexic. The older was less disadvantaged than the younger, who
also suffered from severe A.D.D., walked with a right foot ‘toe-in’ gait
and had little or no co-ordination. Though a polite and charming young
man, he was prone to occasional temper tantrums, no doubt the result of
frustration. As a result of a pre-natal trauma he had brain damage, for
which a specialist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London, was
An orthopedic surgeon seriously considered
correcting his walk with a caliper, eventually deciding against it.
Medical specialists and child psychologists held out no hope for any
academic success and advised my daughter he would never be capable of
sitting any academic examination.
I admit we were skeptical of the seemingly
miraculous claims we read about in the report. As a family we had tried
everything we could think of. My son-in-law had been particularly
supportive of his step-sons and had spared no expense with special
boarding schools, extra lessons, tutors and so on. My wife and I joined
the course prepared to give it a try, but steeling ourselves for another
disappointment. In the event, it was a revelation. The personal benefit to
us both was considerable. The improvement in the younger people, brought
by their parents, was almost unbelievable. We determined that our
grandsons must be given the chance to meet you.
Our grandchildren came with us and joined
the Alphalearning course. Your charisma and fun style gripped them
immediately. After only two days the younger boy walked perfectly, without
even realizing it! His balance improved and his attention span was
incredible. His enthusiasm was infectious. He met Sam, a delightful young
lady who, with your help, had recovered from severe dyslexia. She
explained to him how you had changed her whole life. He was very
At the end of the course you asked all
participants to write down their comments. He was embarrassed because not
even teachers who knew him well could read his writing. He wanted to
dictate his remarks to his Grandmother, who gently told him he must write
it himself. He was astonished and overjoyed to find he could write
legibly, and that we could read it without difficulty. This may be very
little too most people, but it was a colossal milestone to him.
Back to school in England, and the acid
test. Was this improvement a temporary phenomenon? It was not. His work
improved dramatically. When he felt his concentration going, he quickly
put himself into the Alpha state and was alive and interested again within
seconds. His end of term report was excellent.
He spent three weeks with us at our home
in Spain. Of his own free will he worked solidly for four or five hours
each day, catching up with work previously unfinished or not understood.
For someone so severely disadvantaged, this improvement in concentration,
ability to learn and memorize is difficult to comprehend. With his
new-found confidence, much better co-ordination, his temper tantrums are a
thing of the past.
A measure of the improvement can be seen
in his G.C.S.E. results. For a boy who was not expected to achieve any
academic success, 2 grade B, one grade C, one grade D and one grade E is
His parting words as he left Hong Kong to
take up his place at his new Sixth Form College were "I can do it and I
will do it. And it is all thanks to my family, but especially to Sean Adam
who made it possible". My wife and I say "Amen to that".
The older boy is now at University. He,
too, practices daily the simple routines you taught us. He is a happy,
well-adjusted young man with great potential. He is the first to
acknowledge the help he has had, and is still getting, from Alpha
Helping other people has been a bonus for
us. We have had first-hand experience of how the system has cured
irrational, uncontrolled temper, leading to peace and tranquillity in a
home; how chronic pain has been relieved; how a young professional man has
been brought back from the edge of a nervous breakdown - the list is long
and grows weekly.
Having retired from a lifetime in
Education, I greatly regret this research was not available when I first
qualified. It would have enabled me to be much more effective in my chosen
career. I would have made sure that all my teachers were qualified Alpha
Learning practitioners. Personal experience has convinced me that A.D.D.
and dyslexia can be overcome easily and quickly and need not be the
scourge of young people in the future as they have been in the past.
Our most grateful thanks to you, Gina and
all associated with you in this great venture.
(H J H Richards, BA, MA (Ed), Ph.D.)