Overcoming the Obstacles of Dyslexia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/6/04

Overcoming the Obstacles of Dyslexia

The names projected on the Civic Center stage today would catch anybody's attention...Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Jay Leno, Tom Cruise, not to mention Albert Einstein and other notables on the screen. All of whom have overcome the obstacles of dyslexia.

More than 600 educators and parents came to the Civic Center Friday from as far away as El Paso to learn from Dr. Gordon Sherman, an expert in the field. He told the group that dyslexia is traced to a difference in the brain. Researchers understand now that the part of the brain that is challenged when it comes to reading and writing, is offset by more activity elsewhere in the brain when it comes to a certain strength or talent.

"I think their brains are designed to do some of those other things really well, the process space to be athletic, to be musical and a by-product of that is that they have some difficulty learning to read and write but under the right circumstances with the right set of teachers, with the right programs they can learn how to read and write fine," said Sherman.

The Literacy Lecture Series was sponsored by Scottish Rite Learning Center in Lubbock. If you'd like more information on the free programs there for bright children who are, for some reason, struggling in school, just call (806) 765-9150.

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