September 02, 2014
/ by Kimberly Cooper
What: By October, most kids are already settled into their new school year routine. They’ve got their books and pencils, they are back into a set schedule and are ready to buckle down and study. But for some children and adults, reading can make learning and school frustrating. Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month in September by spreading awareness.
Background: The common stereotype is that people with dyslexia read backwards. But dyslexia has a number of symptoms, from trouble learning letters and sounds, to finding it difficult to spell and memorize facts about numbers. Awareness can help with early diagnosis.
Story Pitch: A number of groups and organizations can pitch around Dyslexia Awareness Month. Schools, especially primary schools, can note the importance of dyslexia awareness by sending home information about the condition. Pediatricians may also stress the symptoms of dyslexia, ensuring that patients are aware and discussing ways to help children who have dyslexia. Guidance counselors may also get involved in dyslexia awareness, speaking with children who may be affected by dyslexia and helping them to understand more about it. Meanwhile, retailers and manufacturers of teaching aids, learning tools and books can take the time to promote their products as well as show how working with a dyslexic child can help give them a better chance.
Story Hook: According to the International Dyslexia Association, one in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading and poor writing. Consider the following when you make your pitch:
Tips: A teacher who deals with and helps children cope with dyslexia would be a great resource for understanding the condition. In addition, parents whose children have dyslexia can discuss how to manage it in the home.
American Dyslexia Association office(at)American-dyslexia-association.com www.american-dyslexia-association.com
International Dyslexia Association (410) 296-0232 www.interdys.org
Learning Disabilities Association of America (412) 341-1515 info(at)ldaamerica.org www.ldaamerica.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities (212) 545-7510 help(at)ncld.org www.ncld.org
–Researched, compiled & written by Kimberly Cooper Event Dates from CHASE’S Calendar of Events
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