Lauryn's 1in5 Ride for Dyslexia
Did you know that dyslexia is statistically considered the most common learning disability, affecting 1 in 5 people worldwide? On average, 20% of all people you know fall somewhere on the Dyslexia spectrum. October is National Dyslexia Awareness month so we're hosting a fundraiser to help The Gaab Lab at Boston Children's Hospital complete development of a Dyslexia Screening App.
What is Dyslexia? The contemporary definition of dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in reading & spelling, writing & motor skills, and mathematical skills irrespective of age, intelligence, education, or motivation. Dyslexic brains processes information differently, and requires a very specific style of learning instruction. Unfortunately, this methodology is not found in public education, yet.
Most of you know our daughter, Lauryn, is dyslexic. Though Lauryn presents as a confident, creative, articulate, and sociable child to everyone that meets her, the struggles she faced in public school due to inefficient instruction and interventions were beginning to define her. Her anxiety was increasing from the frustration of exhausting her brain in a learning environment unsuitable to her unique needs. Her self concept began to shift because her exceptional efforts were constantly meet with extreme academic failure.
How will dyslexia awareness and Dr. Gaab’s screening App save lives? Children who have UNDIAGNOSED dyslexia become frustrated and ashamed at their inability to learn to read, and the implication that they are either lazy or stupid. Additionally, children with a diagnosed learning difference/disability that do not receive the proper interventions are at increased risk for chronic anxiety and depression. Research shows that children who don't learn to read by the end of 3rd grade are likely to remain poor readers for the rest of their lives, and they're likely to fall behind in other academic areas too. People who struggle with reading are more likely to dropout of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty. Dr. Gaab’s App is designed to be an engaging, 30 minute game that effectively screens for early signs of literacy challenges. Copy and paste this link into your web browser to view more details, https://www.bostonearlyliteracyscreener.com.
Time is critical for the developing child's brain and the stakes are high. 100% of each and every dollar donated is allocated to The Gaab Lab at Boston Children's Hospital. Thank you for your selfless generosity.
With gratitude, The Muller Family
Corporate Matching Donations visit this link ~ http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/site/DocServer/Matching_gifts.pdf
Learn more about Dr. Gaab’s Dyslexia Screening App here ~ https://www.bostonearlyliteracyscreener.com
Learn more about the GaabLab at Boston Children’s Hospital here ~ http://thegaablab.com