A free dyslexia seminar will be held in Dungog next month.
Parents of struggling readers are invited to attend the 90-minute program which includes tips, insight and practical knowledge about what dyslexia is and how parents can help their children get over the reading hump.
Dyslexia expert and author of the up-and-coming book Dyslexia Answered and parent of a dyslexic child Marianne Mullally, will be one of the guest speakers.
Marianne has trained in dyslexia with world leading experts in America.
From her clinic in Sydney, Marianne now provides one-on-one intensive programs and affordable online courses designed to correct dyslexia.
Marianne will be joined by Tom Mullally, a dyslexia sufferer now turned entrepreneur in the social media marketing space was at the age of seven told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything.
In Dungog - the latest information available from the NAPLAN exam reported 20.8 per cent of rural year 5 students were at or below the minimum standard in reading.
More than 23 per cent of rural year 5 students were at or below the minimum standard in maths and 28.8 per cent of rural year 5 students were at or below the minimum standard in writing.
“The inability to read, write and understand the meaning of words is a serious issue causing children and adults anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and seriously limits employment,” Ms Mullally said.
“A significant number of those with such difficulties are dyslexic.
There has been a significant increase in demand for her services from parents living outside the Sydney city area, so Marianne decided she had to develop something to assist those in rural areas.
This resulted in a full step-by-step online program parents could do to help their children at home, at a time that suits them and at an affordable cost.
The seminar will be held at 1pm at Dungog RSL Club on Tuesday, May 17.
Register online at www.dyslexia.com.au/register