Mike Sanders

Funding for Dyslexia Screening

Legislative Update

Recently I invited educators, reading specialists, parents and others to the state Capitol to tell me and other legislators about their experience in parenting or working with students who are dyslexic and to discuss possible solutions.

We heard several heartbreaking stories of children who were bullied at school or pressured by parents and educators because their disability was undiagnosed and misunderstood. We heard the story of Nathaniel who truly wanted to learn, but who just could not read at the same level as his peers and fell further and further behind in school. Not understanding that his brain was not properly decoding the letters and words on the page, his teachers thought he was rebellious and obstinate or lazy. They made him skip recess and class parties because he was behind on his work. He watched as his classmates enjoyed ice cream and other treats that he was denied because he had not finished assignments. He was pleaded with to just try harder – not a technique the works for dyslexia. Nathaniel eventually gave up sports and other activities that provided him an outlet and eventually dropped out of his public school. Today, he learns through an online program at home. Even now that he’s been properly diagnosed and is receiving help, he still battles with anxiety and depression.  

 

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