Hi there! This is Ola with the Settlement School’s Dyslexia Program. We had a great summer this year with a wonderful group of children. They learned a great deal with an average gain of 6 months in reading and 1 year and 3 months in math. They also made a lot of new friends and had fun while learning. It is so rewarding for us to see the way these children grow in both ability and self-confidence.
We are off to a great start with our after-school tutoring program. Approximately 50 parents attended our tutor training workshop last month, and we have tutoring programs in 5 counties this fall – Knott, Floyd, Pike, Laurel and Lawrence. We are pleased to announce the start-up of a new program in Lawrence County. It is still small but we think it will grow quickly. After-school tutoring is hard for both parents and students because both have already had a long day at school or work and then they have 2½ hours of tutoring to get through. We do have some fun though. This week the children learned about the importance of eating healthy, nutritious foods while they prepared a snack for their tutors and themselves.
Our Reading Labs at Beaver Creek Elementary, Carr Creek Elementary and Hindman Elementary are also going strong. With this program we do not focus on dyslexia but instead work with children classroom teachers have identified as struggling with learning to read. While many of these may be dyslexic; they have not been screened for dyslexia. This program is slightly different in each of the schools depending on the needs and schedules of the different schools. At Hindman Elementary we work with kindergarten through second grade students only and at Carr Creek and Beaver Elementary we work with the primary students, as well as, some fourth and fifth graders who are still struggling with reading.
Something new we are doing this year is the screening for characteristics of dyslexia of all kindergarten children in Knott County’s 6 elementary schools. This screening was done with the cooperation of Knott County in order to identify children who may be at risk of dyslexia or learning differences. Once we have all the testing scored we will submit a report to Superintendent King and the principals and kindergarten teachers at each of the schools. This should give them a heads-up on which children may need extra attention in order to be successful learners. Our hope is that this will help prevent those children identified from ever having to experience academic failure.