Most K-12 private schools strive to keep their students through their graduation at the end of the twelfth grade. At Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant, the goal for many students is eventually to move onward from the school and succeed elsewhere in a more traditional educational environment.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference that makes it difficult for people to learn to read. And though this neurological disorder never goes away, it is in no way a serious deterrent to success in life. It is merely a hurdle that can be cleared, defeated, and even embraced, especially with the proper intervention at a young age.
Is your child falling behind in school, anxious during the school week or making excuses to avoid attending class? Does your child appear to hate learning while children around them love it? Your child isn’t lazy or stupid. They may have other issues like anxiety or a learning deficit that are drowning their natural love of learning. With MAP tests and other standardized testing that could determine whether they repeat a grade or languish in the wrong class next year, some students become so riddled with anxiety that it prevents them from performing in school and functioning normally.
Did you know that Thomas Edison, probably the greatest inventor of all time, was dyslexic? He was also a genius, as was Albert Einstein, also dyslexic. So was Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. And renowned scientists Pierre Curie and Daniel Faraday. Painter Pablo Picasso, businessman Charles Schwab, director Steven Spielberg and guitarist Bob Weir all reached the pinnacle of their professions despite, or perhaps because of, dyslexia.
Learning how to read instills a sense of imagination and wonder in a child. Studies have also shown that reading is a stepping stone to academic and career success.
“There are things that parents can do at home to help their children love reading,” says Betsy Fanning, head of school at Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
A child falling behind in school should never be ignored. Approximately 13-14 percent of students qualify for special education services and 50 percent of those students have a learning disability, according to the International Dyslexia Association. A vast majority of these individuals have a primary disability in reading and language processing, such as dyslexia.