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Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms which result in individuals having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. 30 Atlanta Parent

October 2018

hen Karen Huppertz’s son Cameron was diagnosed with dyslexia, she felt fear and sadness. “I didn’t know how I was going to get him through high school and then college,” she says. The psychologist that tested second grader Cameron recommended sending him to a special school for students with dyslexia, the Schenck School of Atlanta, but there were no openings. Huppertz decided to bring Cameron to one of the School’s summer camps, and something wonderful happened. “He hopped in the car and said ‘I get it mom. They taught me the way I need to learn.’’’ The next year there was an opening, and Cameron attended the Schenck School, then transitioned into a regular classroom in fifth grade. He graduated from high school with honors, and went to Florida State University for college. He is currently a social media marketing manager. Huppertz says the reason she volunteers (and is now president) of the International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch is to let parents know their child will be okay. If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, it may seem scary, but there is hope and advice available to help support those who struggle with dyslexia. atlantaparent.com

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