Parents & Poudre School District Struggle to Help Dyslexic Kids

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Nearly 1 in 5 people show some symptoms of dyslexia. Despite dyslexia’s prevalence, some parents have found it challenging to make sure kids get the right help. Poudre School District rolled out new initiatives this year to raise teachers’ awareness of the issue. The Fort Collins Reading Council also hosts dyslexia simulations to raise awareness.

Melissa Raguet-Schofield watched her son, Will, struggle as soon as he started kindergarten. He just couldn’t pick up reading. Extra help didn’t seem to make a difference.

The summer after first grade, Melissa asked him what made reading so hard for him.

Will said that he could read the letters and he knew the sounds, but he couldn’t put them together.

“I initially rejected dyslexia because none of his teachers said anything,” Melissa said.

But that summer she hired a tutor who specialized in dyslexia anyway, and he made progress immediately.

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