Diana King to Speak on Dyslexia

This article was originally published by the Mitchell County News-Journal. On Saturday, April 14, from 4-6pm, Diana Hanbury-King will speak about the importance of early diagnosis of dyslexia and intervention at Mountainside Wine on Upper Street in Spruce Pine.

King is an internationally renowned advocate for people with dyslexia and author of several books on language and dyslexia. She came to this country from England in 1950 and began working with dyslexic students at the Sidwell Friends Schooimagesl in Washington D.C. She became involved in a program supervised by Anna Gillingham, author of the text on which the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction is based.

In 1955, Mrs. King established a summer program for dyslexic students--the oldest of its kind in the country. In 1969, together with Kurt Goldman, she founded the Kildonan School for dyslexic children, now located in Amenia, NY.

During the past five decades, she has devoted her efforts to teaching as well as writing and training teachers. She serves on the board of Camp Spring Creek, a summer camp in Bakersville that combines tutoring with fun for dyslexic children. With early identification and proper instruction, dyslexia does not have to be debilitating.

Join Diana King as she presents the whys and how-to's of early identification of and intervention in dyslexia. The lecture is free, and the public is encouraged to attend this informal talk. If you are a parent of a dyslexic child or a teacher with concerns, be sure to come on Saturday, April 14 from 4-6pm, and hear what Diana King has to say. For more information, visit www.campspringcreek.org or contact Camp Spring Creek at 828-765-5032.