WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas recently visited TSRHC to interview doctors and patients about the internationally-recognized Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders.
“Texas has been a leader [in dyslexia programs],” said Dr. Jeffrey Black in an interview with reporter Shelly Slater. “We have laws dedicated just to the problem, so that kids get the right kind of support.”
TSRHC offers that support via an educational outreach program. Teachers are given guidance through seminars and workshops, and parents can join a parent support group. The Dyslexia Training Program and the TSRHC Literacy Program (video curriculums developed at TSRHC) have helped hundreds of thousands of children across the world with dyslexia learn to read.
Building patients’ self esteem
Dyslexia can take a toll on a child’s self-esteem.
“You see your friends who aren’t dyslexic, and things just come easier to them,” said TSRHC patient Caleb Floyd. “You just have to work a little harder.”
Early intervention is vital, not just to help children with dyslexia learn to read, but to help build their self-esteem at school. Instead of feeling disadvantaged compared to other children their age, patients learn that messing up is an important part of the learning process, and that they are just as capable of achieving their goals as anyone else.
A leader in dyslexia programs
The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named after Dr. Luke Waites, who founded the program at TSRHC in 1965. Together with a team of doctors from around the globe, the first consensus definition of dyslexia was formulated at TSRHC in 1968.
Since then, the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia has become an international leader in learning disorder research and intervention programs.