Posted: Wednesday,k February 3, 2010 --- 4:31 a.m.
In our family first report today, did you know that about 10 percent of the general population has the learning disability "dyslexia?"
But only 3% of our children are identified as such and helped out in school.
Local expert Al Arnold is with the local Dean Foundation Reading Clinic.
He tells us that the key years for identifying and overcoming dyslexia are ages 5,6 and 7.
Al explains how you might spot the problem in a child that age.
"Because it's difficult for them to speak, they might appear rather shy. Once they get to school it's easier to spot. These are the kids the kindergarten teacher is going to say they're not getting it. Not learning the names of the letters of the alphabet which is a major indicator.. "
The Dean Foundation has helped dozens of children catch up to their peers and overcome dyslexia.
The initial consultation with them is free and it's $50 for a one hour session after that.
Dean is also having a free seminar Thursday night, the 4th, at the west clinic on High Point Road, at six o'clock.
Al, along with a neuro-psychologist will talk about identifying problems in children.
They'll also talk about their involvement in recent, cutting edge research on the two different forms of dyslexia.