Late last year, National Public Radio (NPR) premiered a five-part radio and blog post series titled “Unlocking Dyslexia” which highlighted new research and provided insights on dyslexia, the most common learning disability in the United States.
In Part 1 of the series “Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It,” reporter Gabrielle Emanuel shares her own experience of living with dyslexia and provides an in-depth look at what those with dyslexia face daily. Emanuel visits Lindamood-Bell’s Washington, DC Learning Center where she interviews Center Director Nancy Gregerson and sits in on a tutoring session with a dyslexic student (Emanuel herself was a Lindamood-Bell student when she was younger).
Part 2, “How Science is Rewiring The Dyslexic Brain,” focuses on the work scientists are doing to explore how our brains learn to read. The story highlights exciting research on how we can change the brains of dyslexics with intensive intervention. Students in this study received remedial instruction in the Seeing Stars® program.
Part 3, “How Parents Can Help Kids With Dyslexia Succeed in School,” focuses on how dyslexia affects entire families and life at home. The story features interviews with families who have had success at Lindamood-Bell and points to three things that can help alleviate the impact of dyslexia, including early intervention.
Part 4, “Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named,” speaks to concerns that parents and advocates have that some schools aren’t acknowledging a diagnosis of dyslexia as a way to avoid giving students the help they need.
Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that’s not quite right. Part 5, “‘B’ And ‘D’ Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth,” explains what’s happening in the brain that causes those backward letters.