Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has proclaimed October Dyslexia Awareness Month.
An estimated two out of 10 Americans are affected by dyslexia, which affects a person’s ability to read, write and spell, as well as the ability to put things in order, follow instructions, and differentiate between left and right.
An after-school tutoring program for children with dyslexia and their parents or guardians meets on Tuesday nights on the Whitesburg Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College for three and a half hours for 13 weeks each semester. The program is operated in co-operation with the IDEA: Center of Excellence.
The parents are trained to tutor in weekend workshops and in regular weekly meetings, and work with the children involved in the program. Parents never tutor their own children.
Research shows children with dyslexic characteristics learn differently than other children. Early identification of children with dyslexic characteristics coupled with programs that enable them to ‘learn how to learn’ is critical to these students’ self –esteem and future success. Although children with dyslexia tend to be of average or aboveaverage intelligence and emotionally stable, they are generally not able to read, write or spell to their capabilities without modified instructional approaches.
For more information, call Saranell Caudill, director of the Letcher County After-School Tutoring Program, at 633-9228 after 7 p.m. or 633-2226 during the day. More information is also available at the website of IDEA: Center of Excellence, www.ideadyslexia.org (currently under construction) or by calling Lois Weinberg at (606) 251-3240.