Turn Center Offers Dyslexia Services


Turn Center, the only non-profit in the Texas Panhandle providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children regardless of ability to pay, is now offering dyslexia services.

Dyslexia is a specific neurological learning disability, characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language which is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. As many as 15–20% of the population has some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. These individuals are likely to struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are likely to benefit from systematic, explicit, instruction in reading, writing, and language. 

Thanks to the generous support of donors, Turn Center will begin providing dyslexia services under the direction of Kris Smith, MEd, LDT, CALT Director of Dyslexia Services. Kris has most recently served as District Dyslexia Coordinator/Therapist/Educational Diagnostician for Bushland ISD and comes to Turn Center with a wealth of expertise from her experience in public education, private therapy, and as a parent of a child with dyslexia. 

Turn Center Dyslexia Services presents: Phonological Awareness Camps. 

The camps are for current Kindergarten through 3rd-grade students who are having difficulty with beginning reading. 

There will be two sessions:  April 1-18 or April 22-May 9. Each session meets three days a week for three weeks on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Each session is 45 minutes long(4-4:45 p.m., 5-5:45 p.m., 6-6:45 p.m.) The cost is $90 for the camp. Scholarships available. These camps will focus on the building blocks of reading. Children learn to read until about 4th grade, at which point they begin to read to learn. Early intervention is critical to success!

For more information contact Kris Smith at kris.smith@turncenter.org. 

Turn Center
1250 Wallace Blvd

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