'Day with Dyslexia' helps parents and teachers

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One in five students has Dyslexia. Monday night, teachers and parents experienced what it's like to be in their shoes.

Glacia Peck's daughter was recently diagnosed with severe Dyslexia. Participating in the 'Day with Dyslexia' simulation exercises is helping her understand some of the daily struggles her child faces.

“It’s hard, it's a roller coaster and some days are really good and some days really aren't," said Peck.

Sarah Hecht is a Dyslexia Specialist and put on the event through her tutoring center, Western Colorado Educational Services. She feels it's important to create awareness about Dyslexia and the hands on event is a good way to do it.

“It’s set it up so people can feel like what it's like to have Dyslexia, there's two reading, two writing and one processing simulation and then a reflection piece," said Hecht.

Hecht feels the educational seminar also benefits students struggling with Dyslexia.

“Understanding their processing and how you can help them and what they're feeling like in the classroom is really beneficial to them and to you as a teacher and a parent," said Hecht.

And for Peck, the learning experience has offered her a new way to communicate with her child, one filled with understanding.

“It explains some of her breakdowns and her frustrations and hopefully it will give us the empathy to help her through that," said Peck.

Hecht is a former teacher and started Western Colorado Educational Services. The business offers tutoring services in many subject areas at their facility or in the schools. They also have certified Dyslexic tutors. Hecht says she plans on hosting another 'Day with Dyslexia' in the future.

A group of parents and teachers forming a new non-profit called Aha! to help students struggling with Dyslexia also attended the event. They are in the process of raising money for their cause and are looking for donations and volunteers.

You can e-mail Aha! at aha.mesacounty@gmail.com for details on their organization.


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