The Dyslexia Foundation runs a reading program for Dyslexic children. The curriculum is phonic based (teaches that each letter produces a distinctive sound) with an emphasis in reading, spelling and writing. Auditory discrimination (distinguishing between sounds) and math are also taught. The program also teaches social values (teaches Dyslexic children social skills).
The Foundation conducts three programs a year. Two 12-week half-day Saturday morning programs in Spring and Fall and a month long full-day program in Summer. These programs contain the same curriculum, but run at different times of the day and of the year.
Spring - starts in Jan. and goes thru April. (8:30-12:30 Sat.)
Summer - runs the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July.(8:30-3:30 M-F)
Fall - starts in Sept. and goes thru Dec.(8:30-12:30 Sat.)
The Foundation encourages parents to come to the programs as tutors. Parents are trained to tutor the Dyslexic students in the program. The theory is that in learning to tutor another Dyslexic child, the parents will be better able to raise and teach their own Dyslexic child. This theory has worked very successfully for the past 36 years and we pray will continue for another 100 years or until there are no more children with Dyslexia.
The Foundation was founded by parents trying to help their own children learn to read and is still run by parents on our Board of Directors. We encourage all parents to take an active role in their children’s education. During our training program, we have long discussions on how best to advocate for your child’s needs in our present school system and on some parenting strategies that have worked for other parents with Dyslexic children.
Dyslexia is a condition that is not limited to learning but exist in every area of the individual’s entire life.
Dyslexia is hard to separate from the individual’s own personality because it is such an integral part of the child’s being. However, when parents work with a variety of individuals they then begin to see where the Dyslexia begins and ends. Tutoring helps parents become more successful parents. It encourages understanding and promotes a more accepting attitude of their child’s unique gifts. Parents will appreciate the difficulty that having Dyslexia makes life. However, with Dyslexia the simplest task becomes difficult and frustrating. Once a parent sees their child’s frustration and understands the cause for the frustration and for the anger this frustration can cause, the parents can then deal with their own children in a more rational manner by not allowing the child’s attitude to affect the parent’s attitude.
Before each semester the parents receive a newsletter with an application for students and parents. These newsletters also have the current tuition fees and program costs. Along with the program cost is the annual membership fee or dues. Our membership fees are only $20.00 a year and offer a wide range of benefits.
As a paid member you will receive a newsletter 3 times a year packed with wonderful articles that keep you abreast of the “goings on” in the LD community as well as updates on our own programs. There are many advantages to being a paid member of the Foundation including voting for the Board of Directors at our annual meeting. So please remember to renew your membership yearly so that you won’t miss out on any of the great benefits that membership brings you.
Only your participation and support can make this Foundation a success. We need your gifts and talents to continue the traditions that those who have gone before us have established. The Dyslexic children of the Mid-South are relying on you to do your very best to teach them to read through the programs of the Dyslexia Foundation. Let’s all take a moment and reflect on what the Foundation has meant to us and to our children.