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Turning over a New Leaf: Help is available for people with dyslexia

October 6, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - New Leaf Dyslexia is offering a holistic ministry opportunity at The Salvation Army in Escanaba, to serve people with dyslexia.

A person with dyslexia has difficulty learning to read when taught in the conventional way. Individuals with dyslexia are otherwise bright and motivated to learn, but struggle with phonological processing, which has to do with identifying and interpreting sounds in language. Signs of dyslexia may include difficulty using and learning phonics (letter sounds); poor comprehension; slow, choppy reading; inaccurate reading of words; short term memory problems; confusion with left/right, before/after, etc.; and poor organizational skills.

Dyslexia is not a disease; it is a learning difficulty that can be overcome with specialized instruction. People with dyslexia have been successfully managing their language learning differences for many years. Dyslexia runs in families.

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Betsy Cook, director of New Leaf Dyslexia, tutors a young woman who has the learning difficulty.

Tutoring sessions utilize the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which is a preferred method for helping people with dyslexia. This multi-sensory approach is also effective with students who struggle with reading, but do not have dyslexia.

Dyslexia tutoring is open to all ages. New Leaf Dyslexia provides instruction for a variety of reading and language development difficulties. A student does not need to have dyslexia in order to qualify for services.

For more information or to enroll, contact Betsy Cook, director, New Leaf Dyslexia, P.O. Box 563, Escanaba, MI 49829, or call 280-1510. Information is also available at



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