July 20, 2011

Someone In Your Backyard Struggles with Reading - Her Name is Chelsea

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Reading Horizons announces another installment to In Your Own Backyard, a popular mini-documentary that explores the challenges of learning disabilities like dyslexia. The newest addition to the literacy project is Chelsea Miner, an aspiring artist.

Chelsea was labeled as the quiet child who spent much of her time doodling. When she was little, her parents would read her children’s books and she would always focus on the pictures instead of the words. That’s how she processed the stories – in her head. This way of thinking has helped her become a gifted artist. 

“The first time I realized that I had a hard time reading was when I was in elementary school. It was hard for me to accept. I didn’t want to be different from the other kids.” 

Chelsea had such a strong desire to learn to read that she worked on the skills, and her attitude, until she reached her goal. Chelsea’s dad helped her stay motivated by sharing stories of other successful people who have struggled with dyslexia. Today Chelsea is happy and secure in her own unique abilities and talents. 

The videos for the “In Your Own Backyard” series highlight the lives of individuals who struggle with reading. The narratives were created in an effort to demonstrate that literacy difficulties are real and are prevalent. These documentaries can be found on the Reading Horizons website and can be viewed at any time. 

Others who are featured “In Your Own Backyard” include Ann Sharp who, while working on her Ph.D., discovered that she struggled with dyslexia her entire life. You can also learn about Dustan Volk, a professional golfer, and Cory Warner a recent high school graduate, who survived school by becoming the class clown. 

We’ve discovered that you don’t have to travel far to find someone whose daily life is impacted by dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, or a host of other issues. These people are not just statistics; they have disappointments and dreams, periods of struggle and success, and, most importantly, they use their challenges to become champions to their families and communities. 

About Reading Horizons 

The Reading Horizons program is based on the Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself method. This method uses multi-sensory, Orton Gillingham principles of instruction and appeals to students’ individual learning styles—visual, auditory, tactile, or kinesthetic. Reading Horizons software programs, along with their corresponding direct-instruction materials, have taught reading strategies to hundreds of thousands of adults, youth, and children. For over 26 years, Reading Horizons has proven to be - The Foundation for Reading English!

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