3.2% of Canadian children have a Learning Disability (LD), which is the equivalent of one child in every school bus full of children. LD’s affect the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization or use of verbal and/or non-verbal information.
Specifically, a learning disability in reading (dyslexia) can not only have a negative impact on academic achievement, but also on the mental health of children and youth if unsupported. This can be avoided or mitigated by early effective intervention that focuses on academic skills, as well as motivation and self-esteem.
About this campaign: Our Reading Rocks program supports children who struggle with literacy skills due to a diagnosed or suspected learning disability (e.g., dyslexia). The program focuses on teaching the foundational reading skills of phonological awareness/phonics, sight words, and fluency through fun, interactive games and activities that are aimed to boost their motivation towards learning. Children also practice self-regulation through goal-setting and graphing their success throughout the program, which can positively impact their self-esteem. We aim to keep the program accessible to all families, both geographically and financially.
Reading intervention is imperative to the community, and society at large. Your donation will help us to keep this program alive, as well as helping us to reach more children.