How to Go From Struggling Student to Dual Program Completer

How to Go From Struggling Student to Dual Program Completer


For a young man with autism, the Kumon Program was an incredible challenge for Dylan. His parents enrolled him at the age of 10 when a teacher informed them he was several grade levels behind in public school. Six years later, Dylan has become the first dual-subject completer at his Kumon Center, is excelling in the classroom and even taking dual credit classes at his local community college while attending high school.

Dylan has two big passions outside of the classroom – a love for wildlife and art. Already an active volunteer at the Albuquerque BioPark, he hopes to become a marine biologist, artist and wildlife photographer when he grows up. In fact, Dylan is already an award winning artist, having been recognized with many regional and national awards.

An inspiration to so many, Dylan shared with us some insight into his journey of completing the Kumon Math and Reading Programs.

What did it mean to you to finish the Kumon Math and Reading Program?

Completing the Kumon Program has helped me approach any challenge I come across with a positive attitude. I learned that with hard work and concentration, I could accomplish anything! I feel more confident both in and out of the classroom. It meant so much to me to see how proud my parents were of my achievements.

What obstacles did you have to overcome? And how did you stay motivated?

The Kumon Program really increased my confidence, but there were still times when I found the work to be very challenging. The higher math levels became very difficult and I had trouble staying focused, but I never once thought about quitting or giving up. I stayed motivated by working at my own pace. My parents and my Instructor supported me in every possible way and helped me feel comfortable.

What is your favorite book on the Kumon Recommended Reading List?

I really enjoyed reading “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. It was about a small group of men who fought for good and what’s right in the world, eventually winning in the end. I really enjoy stories with happy endings.

What advice do you have for other Kumon students trying to become program completers?

The biggest piece of advice I have is to never give up and to do a little each day. It’s not going to be easy and you may hit a few bumps in the road, but as long as you keep a positive attitude and work at your own pace, you will feel so proud when you cross the finish line.