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State Working to Help Mississippians with Dyslexia

By Paul Boger | Published 16 Oct 2013 10:01am | comments
Nearly 10 percent of Mississippians are affected by some form of dyslexia, a learning disorder. 
 
In 2012, dyslexia screening was made mandatory in Mississippi schools. Dyslexia is a general term for a learning disability that makes it more difficult to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols.
 
Cena Holifield is the Coordinator for the Dyslexic Therapy Program at William Carey University. She says the program has been successful at identifying children with the learning disability, but she believes more can be done to help dyslexics around the state.
 
"I believe that we need to help our undergraduate teacher education program throughout the state." said Holifield. "They should be teaching the teachers how to identify dyslexia, the characteristics of dyslexia and appropriate interventions that they can use in their classrooms to help these children. We're not doing that right now in our state."
 
State law has also made it possible for students with the learning disability to transfer to schools with dedicated dyslexia therapists despite differences in cost or location.
 

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