TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Dyslexia is a disorder that can prevent students from learning, but there are many ways for them to overcome this challenge.
One option is now being used by the Tupelo Public School District.
Thanks to the Barton Program, students can utilize a scripted program to help them with language intervention.
"With our one-to-one implementation of Macbooks, we also offer the text-to-speech component where students can hear what they read," said Cepia Buchanan, the dyslexia coordinator for the Tupelo Public School District, "so they don't have to struggle with their reading. They can actually hear what they're reading."
Of all the students that are in the Tupelo Public School District suffering from dyslexia, many of them are gifted in other areas.
"It's where the mind — the left side of your brain — tends to function a little differently which makes the right side of the brain excel," added Buchanan. "So they're a little more creative. They may be better at math. They may see things a little bit differently."
With the program in its first year helping students, positive results are already beginning to show.
"We have seen lots of positive improvement with the students who are on intervention," said Leona Ramey, school counselor at Rankin Elementary. "But all of our students' reading levels have increased for those that are participating."
Every person who suffers from dyslexia has his or her own way to combat the disorder.
"I deal with it by rereading a whole bunch of words and having to be able to create pictures with the words like 'the' and 'as' that don't have a picture to the words," added Haley Burgett, a home school student.
Drawing things out in an illustrative way is also a common method many people use to their advantage when it comes to dyslexia.
The Barton Program is also recommended for adults who suffer from dyslexia.