Monday, October 8, 2012

Speech Pathologist Seeks to Dispel Dyslexia Myths

Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Renee Matlock will lead a presentation entitled “Finding Your Way Through the Dyslexia Maze,” at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Frankfort Public Library.

Matlock’s presentation is scheduled in conjunction with Dyslexia Awareness Month. She hopes to inform the community about the disability, which she frequently encounters in her work.

“I want parents to realise how important reading is,” said Matlock, who is the owner and Executive Director of Speech Plus, a speech-language and learning clinic.

“By reading with your child from infancy on, you’re developing the brain wiring that sets the child up for success in their school years.”

Matlock said she wants to dispel myths surrounding dyslexia, including the notion that children will outgrow dyslexia, that writing backwards is the only symptom of dyslexia, that children who struggle with reading are unintelligent and that dyslexic children are lazy.

International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a language-based neurological learning disability.

Dyslexia affects one in ten individuals, many of whom are never diagnosed. People with dyslexia are typically of average or above average intelligence and encounter difficulty with reading, writing and spelling.

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