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WCU hosts graduate dyslexia education class

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

From the state capital to the coast, teachers from all across the state flocked to the Hub City Monday for a special week long course in dyslexia education at William Carey University.  As an employee of "The Dynamic Dyslexia Design School," Mauri Yarber has seen first hand what it's like to struggle with dyslexia through a child's eyes.

"The first thing that we have to do is help the children get past is just the sense of feeling dumb," said Yarber.  It's an all too familiar reality for Founder and Director of the 3-D School, Dr. Cena Holifield, who's stepping up to help educators better pinpoint the disease and educate dyslexic students by teaching a week-long course in multi-sensory language education.

"Children have to be diagnosed, and caught early with dyslexia for the intervention to bring them up to their grade level for reading, and sometimes even above grade level if you can catch it early enough," said Holifield. 

The recent signing of House Bill 1031 into law by dyslexic Governor Phil Bryant kick started the effort to catch dyslexia early.  The new law itemizes the guidelines for dyslexia screenings and mandates that those screenings must be given to students in grades kindergarten through first grade.

"Early intervention is key, and the sooner we can begin helping these children the sooner they can learn to read, and feel good about themselves," said Yarber.  

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