Date(s) - 27/10/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
Local Parents, Dyslexia Therapists Host Community Dyslexia Awareness Event
Covington, LA—The first annual, community wide Dyslexia Awareness Event will be held Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville. The event is hosted by a growing community of educators and advocates who are working to generate awareness about dyslexia and do more to address literacy in the Northshore communities. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Cena Holifield, Ph.D., CALT-QI, founder and Executive Director of the 3-D School in Mississippi, a state accredited, special purpose school for students with dyslexia. Dr. Holifield was integral in establishing laws to protect and best educate dyslexic students in the state of Mississippi. She is a well-known expert in the field. Also on hand will be a representative from the Nicholls State University LA Center for Dyslexia & Related Learning Disorders.
Dyslexia therapists, parent advocates, and experts in the field planned the first St. Tammany Parish Dyslexia Awareness Event to generate awareness and help connect families with resources, and with one another. All community leaders, school board members and prospective members, private schools, parents, educators, pediatricians, candidates for public offices, and the media are expected to attend. Research indicates there are unidentified dyslexic children in every single classroom, as many as 1 in 5 students, and by working together, St. Tammany Parish will lead the way in Louisiana for dyslexic children and their families. By improving literacy, we can improve the quality of life enjoyed in Louisiana for all of our citizens.
Dyslexia is a well-researched neurological condition which affects up to 20 percent of the general population. It is characterized by a persistent, unexpected difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling. Dyslexia can be suspected when an individual with average to high intelligence and good access to education and printed material continues to have difficulty with written language and literacy. Dyslexia is a life-long condition, but it can be overcome with support and high-quality structured language instruction.
About Northshore Dyslexia Therapists
Eleven local St. Tammany Parish educators are working to become, or already are, dyslexia therapists. Many are interns in the William Carey University Dyslexia Therapy Master’s Degree Program and some are already licensed therapists. They all work to provide therapy and high-quality reading instruction to children across St. Tammany Parish, as well as in Ponchatoula, Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. St. Tammany Parish is unique in that it is the only Louisiana parish with a growing community of dyslexia therapists. This gives our parish a competitive advantage and opportunity to lead the way in properly educating children with dyslexia.
To learn more about this, contact:
Amy Cuevas; Jessica Stubbs, Ph.D., LDT