The Windy Row Learning Center of West Peterborough, New Hampshire, has moved to the front of a national effort in early identification of children with dyslexia. Grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Bean Family Foundation, Target, and Makem-Imaje are enabling Windy Row to design the One in Ten early identification program and to present it to preschool and elementary teachers throughout the Monadnock Region.
Since 2009, the number of states mandating early assessment of dyslexia (and early intervention) has steadily risen. This year the New Jersey legislature passed a law mandating assessment before the first semester of grade two.
Windy Row’s One in Ten program is a two-hour workshop that will stress the early signs of dyslexia to prevent children being misdiagnosed with ADD, developmental delays, “laziness,” or behavioral issues and to enable earlier intervention. Educators will also learn some appropriate first steps they can take in their classrooms.
Since 2003, the nonprofit Windy Row Learning Center has taught reading to hundreds of children with dyslexia, through after-school tutoring, the 4-4-4 summer program, and tutor training, which has educated teachers in every school district in association with Antioch University. Windy Row is the only program for children with dyslexia and dyscalculia in the entire Monadnock Region. For more information about Windy Row and the One in Ten program, email Windy Row at info [at] windyrow.org