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Letter to the editor

Dyslexia needs attention too

POSTED: March 17, 2013 8:00 a.m.

The article on “Detecting Autism Early” on Thursday, March 14, is a great success to all parents and advocates of autism spectrum disorder. The powerful movement toward early intervention in autism can change the trajectory of a child’s life forever. It was stated that 1 in 88 children in Georgia are diagnosed with autism. An even more alarming number is 1 in 10, which is the number of children with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a difficulty in reading, writing and/or spelling in students with average to above average intelligence. If these children are taught in a multi-sensory approach, they can learn to read. Without this specific instruction, children with dyslexia will struggle to keep up with their peers, which may eventually lead to failure in school. Early and appropriate intervention with students with dyslexia is critical to help avoid special education placement. These bright students deserve to reach their full potential.

I am inspired by the collective efforts of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center, Citizens Bank of Forsyth County, Brady Charitable Foundation and Forsyth County Schools toward autism. Let’s continue the support of children with all disabilities, including dyslexia, by recognizing, understanding and supporting early intervention.

For more information on dyslexia, visit

Tina McGinley



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