LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Seven-year-old Grady Lowery learns differently.
"Sometimes I play these alphabet games and I learned a cursive letter," Grady said.
He was diagnosed with dyslexia at the beginning of his second grade year.
"It means that it's a lot more harder to read and it kind of makes you a little bit smarter at different stuff," Grady said.
"Before we knew, it was very hard," Sara Lowery said. "Homework took forever. Reading was always in tears and a lot of frustration."
She says reading has been one of Grady's biggest challenges, but since they've identified the disorder, picking up a book is more enjoyable for him.
"He knew something was wrong and it was a big relief for him," Lowery said. "Asked a lot of questions about dyslexia and realized that this is a good thing, we've finally figured out what was going on."
Lowery teaches three-year-olds at Saint Cyprians and since her son was diagnosed, she started taking classes to become a dyslexic therapist.
"It is a lot of work and it's going to be a lot of work, but it's worth it," Lowery said. "Going through it personally with my child, I realize how many kids need this."
Texas State Representative Jim McReynolds can relate.
"I didn't read until I was in the seventh grade," McReynolds said. "It was exceedingly painful."
Now McReynolds is part of a special task force set aside to ensure children like Grady have their needs met.
"We are working very hard to help children who simply see things through different lenses than other children," he said. "Which child is most important, I mean think about this a moment or two, Albert Einstein was dyslexic, Franklin Roosevelt was dyslexic, a lot of the leaders in the world have been dyslexic people."
Knowing other people have the disorder means Grady feels less alone.
"Well because I feel like I'm not the only one that has dyslexia in the world," Grady said.
"It's very common, you can work it out, you're not cured from dyslexia, but you can work it out with help," Lowery said.
With degrees in English and history, 67-year-old McReynolds is proof of that.
"I didn't read until I was in the seventh grade," McReynolds said. "There's not only hope for you, wonderful things can happen for you. Great things, doors can be opened and I think Winston Churchill probably said it best, 'never, never, never, never, never give up.' Just don't give up, keep trying and if you keep trying, things happen."
Next Wednesday at noon, Saint Cyprians Episcopal School is hosting a dyslexia awareness luncheon.
The public is welcome. RSVP by calling 632-1720.