Is this your child’s struggle too?
Mark was born in 1964. He had a hard time learning the alphabet and forming the letters in his name. In elementary school, his classmates made fun of him and his teachers lost patience. In the 1970’s kids were labeled “lazy,” “unmotivated,” or “stupid” if they had trouble learning to read. Unfortunately, in 2010, that hasn’t really changed.
Mark had so much trouble learning to read, he eventually gave up. He dropped out of high school when he was 17 and got a job at a gas station. In 2010, the dropout rate for students with dyslexia is twice the rate it is for other students. Thirty-six percent of students with dyslexia drop out of high school.
Mark could easily remember everything he heard, even very complicated material. But Mark never learned to read above a third grade level. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s there were few services for kids with dyslexia. In fact, in 2010, 95% of students with dyslexia don’t receive appropriate reading services.
Mark really wanted to go to college, but it wasn’t to be. In 2010, most kids with dyslexia don’t graduate from college.
Mark now works in the maintenance department of a large shopping center. He is a master at fixing cars and trucks, electrical wiring, and leaking roofs. He has never read a direction manual; he just digs in and gets the job done. He supports his family—his wife Sheryl, his daughter Michelle and son Scott. He’s lucky: about 6% of the population has dyslexia, but about 80% of individuals in prison have reading and writing problems.
We know a lot more in 2010 about teaching individuals with dyslexia how to read, write and communicate their brilliant ideas than we did in 1970.
If your child has dyslexia, you want to know what you can do to help your child. I want to share what I know with you. Here are three things you can do:
- Listen to my blogtalk radio show on October 3rd. Get more details here. You can call in with questions.
- Click the links below to read articles I’ve posted on my blog.
- If you need more help after listening and reading, contact me to schedule a consultation and we can get into more detail about your child’s needs.