Peterborough program will help provide teachers with dyslexia awareness
The Windy Row Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring in West Peterborough for students from across the Monadnock region when they have been identified as dyslexic and found to be one to two years behind their grade level because of reading challenges.
“The teacher needs to know that this is not something you just pass on to the next grade and then the next and then the next grade until they are in the fifth grade and they can’t read, which is something we have seen,” said Sharon Bailly, chairwoman of the Windy Row Learning Center Board. “This program that we’re starting is a two-hour program ... so that preschool to elementary school teachers can recognize the signs of reading disability dyslexia. But also so they can learn some things that should be in their responses and shouldn’t be in their responses so that children who have fallen through the cracks before or who have, for example, been forced to read aloud, which is something to children with reading disabilities is very anxiety provoking. A different approach can be put into the teacher’s repertoire so they don’t think that the child is simply lazy or disruptive, or disabled or developmentally delayed.”