Celebration of Hope: Logan King learns with dyslexia

Tune in Sunday, Nov. 17 for this year's Celebration of Hope at 1 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 6:47 AM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 9:42 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - At the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo, therapists in all departments use their personal experiences to help young people in the classroom.

"She is awesome," Logan King, a student with dyslexia, said about his therapist at the Rehab Center. "Every time I get a little confused, she helps me."

Allyson Malone has been a dyslexia therapist at Regional Rehab for about two years.

After four of her five children were diagnosed with dyslexia, she was motivated to pursue her degree in dyslexia therapy.

Malone said she learned about the center's mission after her middle child received therapy there.

"Just the thought of being able to pass that on to somebody else was just a great thing for me,” Malone said.

Shortly after starting her job at the center, she began working with Logan.

"He was very defeated and very reserved and not sure of himself,” Malone said.

“When I started, it was hard for me, because I had no idea what I’m doing,” Logan said.

During each learning session, Malone uses symbols and the body's senses to teach him how to read with a disability like dyslexia.

“We want to use all of our senses," she said. "We want them to enjoy coming, and not even really realize that they are learning.”

Two years after starting dyslexia therapy, Logan's mother said she has noticed a difference in her son's confidence and in his school work.

“He looks forward to coming here," Kelly King said. "He has fun while he is here. Of course, like he said, I see him applying those skills at home with homework.”

“We just want to make sure that he has the tools he needs to be successful,” Malone said.

“For now, I’m going to be OK because now I know what I’m doing and I understand everything,” Logan said.

To help the Regional Rehabilitation Center provide free services like dyslexia therapy to young people like Logan King, you can tune into the Celebration of Hope telethon on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.

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