Bookworms Texas Scottish Rite Hospital helping kids with dyslexia cope

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by SHELLY SLATER

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WFAA

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 6:05 PM

DALLAS -- Words can be intimidating, especially for a dyslexic student.

"It feels different sometimes, you know?" Caleb Floyd said. "You see your friends who aren’t dyslexic, and things just come easier to them with homework assignments, and you just have to work a little harder."

Harder and now smarter, with the help of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. It has entire team - the best in the country, in fact - to help kids work through dyslexia. Curriculums for the rest of the nation are developed right in North Texas.

"Texas has been a leader [in dyslexia programs,] so if you have dyslexia and your child, this is a good place to be," said Dr. Jeffrey Black. "We have law dedicated just to the problem, so that kids get the right kind of support."

And that support is free, Monday through Thursday. This team even trains teachers to help them adapt lesson plans for students like Caleb Floyd.

"It's difficult; it's challenging at times, just for the facts of trying to keep our children['s] self esteem, their self worth elevated," said mom Renee Floyd.

Dr. Black agrees. Science shows early intervention reduces the disadvantage, but building self esteem is just as important.

"The support that needs to be provided - that we've been talking about with the intensive intervention - should also include intensive support for the psyche of child and their self confidence," he said. "If that part is neglected and there’s no encouragement or reinforcement given, the children won't spend the time necessary to work on the things that they've learned."

"It’s a big difference -- I mean, I was scared of reading when I was younger, just because I didn’t want to read in front of anybody," Caleb said. "I hated reading, because it was scary for me because I'd mess up all the time, but coming here, we learned that messing up is the way that we learn."

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