Finding Help for Students with Dyslexia

September 20, 2017 06:24 PM

(ABC 6 News)- Research has shown 12 percent of students struggle with dyslexia and not all of them are finding the help they need.

According to the Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota, many schools do not have the resources available for these students.


It can lead to students falling behind and parents searching for other resources like the reading center, like Valerie Presa whose son is dyslexic.

“They were teaching him the way schools are taught to teach kids to read, and they were giving him more and more of that and it was just making him more and more frustrated,” said Presa.  "We had brought up concerns to the school but they didn't really feel at the time that there was a need to do any further evaluation and that we should just see how things go"

We reached out to the Rochester Public School District, but it had no comment.

So Presa reached out to The Reading Center of Rochester.

"They (students) know they should be able to get this, but they are not getting this. they become angry and frustrated with themselves," said Fay Van Vliet, director of programming at the Reading Center.

But Van Vliet says the state is working on the issue, hiring dyslexia specialists at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Next month is the 4th annual Superhero Dyslexia Dash 5k run at Soldier’s Field on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m to raise awareness for children with dyslexia.


Lynnette Miller

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