Program to help explore understanding dyslexia
Our family has lived in Dublin for over 20 years.
One of the aspects of Dublin that we have always appreciated is the value placed on education and the well-being of all children.
As a speech-language pathologist who works with students with learning difficulties, my passion is in helping children to reach their full potential.
The month of October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.
There are many myths and misconceptions regarding dyslexia, and educating parents, professionals and legislators has become a nationwide movement.
In December 2011, Dyslexia legislation was passed in Ohio with House Bills 96 and 157.
Children with dyslexia may feel shame because of their struggles in acquiring reading and writing skills.
Typically, these children are very bright, and the "fall-out" of undiagnosed and improperly treated dyslexia is often anxiety and low self-esteem.
However, when dyslexia is identified early, and students are given appropriate intervention, not only can they be taught to read, write and spell better, but they can also begin to understand how being dyslexic may actually enable them to do special things that others cannot.
Dr. Toby Cosgrove, cardiac surgeon and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, is dyslexic. His story will amaze you as he describes the "gifts" of being dyslexic.
Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the population has symptoms of dyslexia, and chances are everyone knows someone who is dyslexic.
From 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct, 17, in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, there will be a workshop called, "Reading and Writing Difficulties in Children: Understanding Dyslexia."
I would like to personally invite the Dublin community to come and learn more about what it means to be dyslex- ic, and what we can do to support these children in our schools.