New Network Offers Support For Children, Parents Affected By Dyslexia

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A new network is designed to provide useful information to parents of children who have difficulty reading.

The Olentangy Dyslexia Network also is meant to provide children with reassurance that they are not alone in their struggles.

Carole Dorn-Bell created the group after she found out last year that her 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is dyslexic.

Dorn-Bell said that she felt isolated after learning of her daughter’s diagnosis.

Now, Elizabeth reads using audio books.

“We felt we had an answer, a real starting point. And, for her, she was relieved too because we told her you have something called dyslexia and the way you think is different,” said Carole.

Many people think those who have dyslexia simply reverse letters in words. But it is more than that, it’s phonological.

“So, ‘d-o-g’ are the three sounds that make up the word dog. Kids with dyslexia do not understand how those sounds go together with the letters and to string those sounds together to make words,” said Dr. Steven Guy, Pediatric Neuropsychologist.

Carole Dorn-Bell admits that prior to her daughter’s diagnosis, she didn’t know much about dyslexia and had to learn on her own.

“Every day, I have a parent reach out to me saying, ‘Can I just talk to you? I don’t know if my child has dyslexia, but I can just talk to you.’ That is the whole reason why I wanted to do this, because I remember being in that spot,” Dorn-Bell said. “I don’t know what to do but my child is the most important thing to me.”

The first meeting of the network is slated for Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Olentangy High School.

The movie “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” will be shown, and experts will facilitate a discussion.

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