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Jacksonville Beach parents share inside story of raising a dyslexic child

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Many families are working with children who have dyslexia. Their children spend hours at night trying to do homework or struggling to read a book.

First Coast News Consumer Reporter David Williams sat down with one family still going through the struggle. It is still a struggle for the Davis family and one of their girls. But they tell FCN things are getting much better and there is hope.

The Davises love all 3 of their daughters. But this story focuses on one; 11-year-old Megan. She was at school during the interview with her parents.

"She is one of the kindest people you would ever meet," Megan's mother, Teri said.

From birth, they've watched her grow. But around age 2, they noticed something as other children's vocabulary developed.

"Megan was still grunting at two-year-old," Teri said. "Not really saying words."

A speech pathologist worked with Megan for six months. The Davises worked with her at home and at age four, she began pre-kindergarten. Her parents said they noticed more.

"If we would say this is ... point out the word cold ... in a book," Megan's father, Hal explained. "She would say something like freezing."

They continued working with Megan. Often spending two to three hours a night on homework.

"I couldn't get anybody to get me a direction of where to go," Teri said in remembering her frustration.

At age 6, Megan was diagnosed with dyslexia.

"I was so relieved," her father, Hal exclaimed.

According to her mother, Megan does mix up her Bs and Ds for example, but she also processes information differently. Her parents said the challenges remain.

"She's a slow reader," Teri said. "She still does not enjoy reading although right now she's reading Percy Jackson."

Extensive resources exist. The Davis' want other parents of dyslexic children to know ...

"You are not alone. There are other parents struggling," Teri said. "and they can learn. They are smart. There is definitely hope."

Megan's parents tell FCN she wants to go to college one day.

First For You, the International Dyslexia Association said parents have rights under the law. For example:

They say you have the right to have your child tested in his or her native language. They also say you have the right to have an interdisciplinary team evaluate your child.

Also, there are scholarships available for children with learning difficulties like dyslexia from the National Listening Scholarship Foundation. You can find a link to more information by going to their website.

Nemours Children's Hospital has also provided links, names and phone numbers you can use right now for help in North Florida for things like tutoring and even free evaluations involving dyslexia.

First Coast News

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