Region 8 organization offers free dyslexia screening and therapy

City Youth Ministries offers free dyslexia screenings to children
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - City Youth Ministry is hoping to help children with dyslexia.

The ministry is now offering free dyslexia screening and a therapeutic program for children showing signs.

They recently received a $60,000 grant from Nucor which will help pay for the screenings and therapy.

According to City Youth Ministry Executive Director Denise Snider, one in five children show signs of dyslexia.

Snider used to work as a teacher and is now a certified dyslexia therapist.

She says children often feel left behind or confused when they struggle with the learning disability.

"Something as easy as rhyming, some dyslexic children really struggle with just the auditory processing of letters," said Snider.  "Many of them cannot sequence the alphabet."

She says for children with dyslexia, there is not a relationship between letters and sounds.

"It's difficult for them to deal with the mandates from the regular classroom," said Snider.  "Early detection is best. The sooner, the better."

The ministry is using the connections program to provide help for those with the disability.

"Children need to manipulate. Children need to touch. Children need to experience anything," said Snider.  "Connections doesn't use paper and pencil. Connections has a 3D object or a tactile, sensory object or experience that help a child to engage and remember."

Nearly 25 children have already shown signs of dyslexia after being screened at the ministry.

Those children now have the opportunity to get free after-school therapy through the certified therapists and connections.

That therapy would normally cost upwards of $100.

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