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The ‘Michigan Dyslexia Handbook’ could be the first step in a statewide intervention

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Students with dyslexia learn differently than their neurotypical counterparts and typically require a different teaching style. However, this different style of teaching is not available in the majority of public schools in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Education has released a guide to try to change that. While advocates push for legislation, they agree the book is a step in the right direction.

“Michigan Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Accelerating Learner Outcomes in Literacy” is designed to help educators and school officials understand practices to prevent reading difficulties and implement assessment practices to shape teaching methods. teaching and intervention. It contains information on the causes of dyslexia, reading development, support systems and more.

Currently, parents of children with dyslexia in Michigan must find their own resources. Also, the insurance does not cover dyslexia, so any help received is paid out of pocket.

East Lansing resident Nicole Martin has a dyslexic daughter. Her daughter Tristin is sometimes late for school just to get the tools she needs to learn well.

“She works with the Michigan Dyslexia Institute, she goes there twice a week. She works with Mark Trinity LLC and does online tutoring twice a week,” Martin said.

The cost of these services adds up, and Martin acknowledges that not all families can afford to pay the bills. She believes these programs should be integrated into our public schools and available to all Michigan students.

She said that without the proper resources and intervention, students with dyslexia can quickly fall behind.

The Michigan Dyslexia Institute offers student intervention and teacher training. They also advocate for the state of Michigan to do more for its students with dyslexia.

Susan Medendorp works at the institute. She said the guide is a step in the right direction, but also said the problem is systemic.

“Dyslexia in the state of Michigan has gone unrecognized for a long time,” Medendorp said.

Due to its lack of recognition, she said, misinformation and lack of training are the biggest problems. Mendendorp said teachers need to be trained and educated about dyslexia in order to serve all students well.

The Michigan Dyslexia Institute said only a few schools in Michigan had the resources needed for students with dyslexia because there was no government assistance. They hope the guide will give schools a clear path to implementing a policy.

You can read the full “Michigan Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Accelerating Learner Outcomes in Literacy” here.

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