BENEFITING: THE PRENTICE SCHOOL
EVENT DATE: May 16, 2013
The greatest gift for a child's future is the gift of learning...every child deserves that gift.
Can you read this sentence? Are you able to read this without struggling? Did you have to read it a couple of times over to make sure you read it correctly? Did you have to think, "Was that last word, correctly or connected?
Easy for you, it's a breeze, but for a child with dyslexia, it's another story.
- Dyslexia affects at least 1 out of every 5 children in the United States.
- Dyslexia represents the most common and prevalent of all known learning disabilities.
- Dyslexia is the most researched of all learning disabilities.
- Dyslexia affects as many boys as girls.
- Dyslexia is the leading cause for reading difficulty and school dropouts in our nation.
- Reading difficulty is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders.
- Early intervention is essential for this population.
- Dyslexia is identifiable, with 92% accuracy, at ages 5 1/2 to 6 1/2.
- Reading difficulty caused by dyslexia is highly preventable through direct, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness.
- Children do not outgrow reading difficulty or dyslexia.
About 2 years ago, our son was diagnosis with dyslexia. Most people think -- "Oh you switch around the d's and the b's." It's so must more than that. Here's some of our story and how lucky we are to be at The Prentice School...
Prior to Prentice our son was in a public school. In grades, one through four, every day after school he would sit at the dining room table doing homework from one to two hours. While most children in the neighborhood were done in 20 minutes and knocking on our door asking him to come out and play, he sat there struggling, working so hard, but just couldn't keep up. The worst part was watching him lose his confidence, he suffered, with tears in his eyes, crying that he was stupid, stupid, stupid! And no matter what we did, working with him, hiring tutors, or telling him how smart he is and all the while, watching him loose all his self confidence was heartbreaking. We felt so helpless. Once a happy child, that loved to go to school, was now frustrated, scared and feeling isolated from all his peers. Shortly after 4th grade, an acquaintance told me about a doctor at UCI. We set up a meeting, she met with our son, tested him and diagnosed him with a classic case of dyslexia. We had heard of it before, but knew little about it. After all our questions and her explanations The Prentice School was one of the options that was suggested to us. We had hope once again...
We did take him to Prentice and he loves it. They can teach him in such a way that he learns! Once again, he is happy, he is reading, he is confident and he feels he can do whatever he wants. Sure he goes from wanting to be a hematologist to a film maker to a writer, but whatever this kids wants, he now knows he can go for it! That is what The Prentice School did for him! The gift of hope for a bright future for our child.
Prentice is a small non-profit school. Every year the school helps support families with tuition assistance who normally can not afford the tuition to keep their children in this specialized school. We are trying to raise money so no other child will have to go through the horror my son did and that no other parent helplessly has to watch their bright, funny, witty child think that they are stupid. These kids are bright and given the education that The Prentice School provides, it gives them the opportunity for a successful future!
On May 16, 2013, we are holding a one time "Dyslexia Awareness" Celebration, at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, www.dyslexiaawareness.org celebrating the acheivements that children with dyslexia are making, benefitting The Prentice School. Please join us and if you cannot please give... no child ever, dyslexic or not, should ever be made to feel stupid, isolated or hopeless.
Please help us, by giving the greatest gift for a child's future, the gift of learning. Thank you so kindly, Diane