Jennifer Lott

Dear Representatives and Senators,
 
Children with dyslexia are not being properly served in Utah schools. 
 
Here is my son’s story: Kyle is 12 years old son and was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 2nd grade. He attended the Dyslexia Center of Utah in Cedar Hills for a little over a year and was making great progress. He also started working with the resource teacher at his elementary school. His 3rd and 4th grade teachers, as well as the resource teachers, convinced me that there wasn’t a good time for him to leave school to go to the Dyslexia Center for tutoring and to just keep working with the resource teachers.  I was told that working with the resource teacher would be enough.  He was leaving the classroom for over an hour four times a week to work with the resource teachers. 
 
It was not enough and he kept getting further and further behind. We had him tested again at the Dyslexia Center of Utah during his 5th grade school year and he tested at below a kindergarten level.  I was devastated!!  During the summer between 5th and 6th grade he attended tutoring with the Dyslexia Center of Utah 2-4 times a week and has attended twice a week for 45 minutes since then. He has made significant improvements during his sixth grade year and I no longer have an anxiety attack thinking of him in junior high next year and not being able to read. 
 
The resource programs at the elementary schools are a great resource, however they are not enough. They failed my son, he was not receiving the right tools during his hours in resource to help him learn to read.  The Dyslexia Center of Utah has been a life saver for our family, his tutor Susan is truly amazing. With additional funding they could help even more families who can’t afford specialized tutoring. 
 
While fixing this problem will take time, The Dyslexia Center of Utah is ready to help twenty more Utah students succeed NOW. These children represent the one in five in every classroom across America who are getting left behind. Reading is a life skill, one that every child deserves. 
 
Thank you for making dyslexia a priority today.
 
Sincerely,

Jennifer Lott

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