Putting the key to literacy into hands, small and large

October 2015 - Community
by Rachel Haynie

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October 2015 - Community

Trying harder is futile. Determination to stick with a stalled reading or writing effort only adds to the levels of frustration experienced worldwide by millions of young learners struggling with the kind of language processing difficulties now commonly associated with dyslexia.

Frustration frequently gives way to loss of motivation, and not being able to keep up regularly leads to low self-esteem in students, even though research verifies there is no parallel between dyslexia and intelligence.

Help in special, very specific, and structured approaches enable students to develop strategies and skills they will need to succeed and be productive for the rest of their lives. Such life skills are vital because of how dyslexics process information.

Every summer for the past five years, through a program called Summer Surge, a staff of professional educators and volunteers at Tutor Eau Claire (TEC) have sent happier, more confident children back to classrooms where they can keep pace with other students in area schools.

“We have so many success stories—our students keep us buoyed,” said Tracey Ely, who has directed TEC for 16 years. “Just the other day, Tony Pear came by to see us. He will be graduating from college next semester with a degree in Sports Management.

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