Tuesday, May 23, 2000

More help for dyslexic students

Literacy Network's approach differs

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati provides the Tristate's other free after-school instruction for youngsters who have “dyslexia-type symptoms.”

        The network embraces the same multisensory approach as Cincinnati's 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children, but the network program differs in two significant ways:

        ăIt relies on a classroom setting instead of one-on-one tutoring.

        ăIt does not require a formal psychologist's diagnosis of dyslexia.

        The network effort follows suc cess with adults who have reading problems, said Sharon Strunk, director of the children's basic reading program.

        She obtained a two-year grant to apply the same multisensory approach to children, an hour a day, Monday through Thursday.

        The first graduating class will be this month, with six students.

        In two years, students made “remarkable” strides, Ms. Strunk said.

        Classes are free, but there is a nominal charge for materials. Two new classes will begin in September at the Urban League, 3458 Reading Road, Avondale, and one at St. Therese School, 2516 Alexandria Pike, Southgate.

        The program is for students in grades 2 to 4 whose parents will commit to a two-year program. For registration, call 621-7323.


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