Parents and Teachers Experience Challenges of Dyslexia

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Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville partnered with Everyone Reading Illinois to bring a dyslexia simulation to the 95th Street Library.

While the simulations cannot exactly recreate what it’s like to have dyslexia, they’re meant to make reading and writing, which most of us find simple, as difficult as they are for people with dyslexia.

“So the simulation is designed to allow those of us who don’t have it to develop our patience, empathy, and understanding,” said Dr. Karen Kreiling, president of Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville. “It helps us work better with our kids and our students.”

For Chris Jacks, father of a 3rd grader with dyslexia, the simulations did just that.

“I won’t try to correct her as quickly and give more time and be more patient to read through words,” said Jacks. “I realized comprehension is a problem, if she struggles reading a few pages she may not have comprehended the story so she doesn’t know what the story is about. I have to remember that when she reads.”

And teachers who attended the event could receive professional development credit.

The simulations were held as part of Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.