Fall Is in the Air

Fall Is in the Air
Peggy Webb Hendrix, Director of Admissions

I don’t know about you, but awakening to temperatures in the 60’s on an August morning sends my thoughts to fall. Summers are long here in the South, and any hint of the season transitioning to comfortable weather makes my heart glad. Schools here open during the dog days of summer, with soaring temperatures and high humidity.  

But no matter how uncomfortable the weather is, the arrival of children at school breathes fresh air into the building. Children have the ability to make us smile, even while wearing masks during carpool in 95-degree heat. They enter the school joyfully, anticipating another happy school year.

Sadly, this isn’t the experience of most dyslexic children. For most, the approach of school is often met with anxiety and stomach aches. Children who have been healthy and well all summer suddenly become the frequent clinic visitors they were during the last school year. And now, given the myriad instruction delivery systems offered by schools in this uncertain year, dyslexic children have even more reason to worry. Schools with even the best support systems for different learners will be hard-pressed to continue this support. They are struggling to figure out how to space children six feet apart and how to negotiate mask-wearing for six-year-olds.  

What are parents to do when confronted with this loss of support for their struggling readers?  Where can they turn to find the help their children need, when schools have been turned upside down. Children can not lose a year of reading instruction . . . without it, they will continue to fall further and further behind.  

Parents can reach out to their local branch of the International Dyslexia Association for help in finding tutors who can begin working with their children right away. The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is another excellent resource for finding trained teachers and tutors who can provide the intensive, targeted approach to the teaching of reading that dyslexic children need. Here at our school, our teachers have continued to tutor virtually, with tremendous success.  

Children cannot afford to lose time learning to read. Literacy is the foundation for all learning. Schools are doing the best they can to cope right now, but if parents find that reading support has suffered at their school because of all the demands teachers and administrators are facing, then it is time to seek that support outside the school.  


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