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October 16, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Public Library
805 1st St East
Independence, IA 50644
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The Dyslexic Mind: Different by Design

Monday, October 16, 2017

Increase your understanding and what you can do about dyslexia, with expert Elizabeth Hoksbergen.

The Dyslexic Mind: Different by Design

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. This common learning difference affects 10-20% of the population. The Independence Public Library invites you to learn about dyslexia with “The Dyslexic Mind: Different by Design,” a free presentation with Elizabeth Hoksbergen on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 pm.

Dyslexia is marked by difficulty in processing letters and words and the sounds they make. Converting symbols and manipulating language takes more steps and more concentration than it would normally. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, as people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Christian Anderson, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Steven Spielberg are, or were, dyslexic.

Presenter Elizabeth Hoksbergen has over 20 years of experience working with dyslexia as a parent, teacher, curriculum director, principal, evaluator, and learning center owner. She will lead participants through a simulation, giving you a deeper understanding of what it is like to be dyslexic. She will also touch upon the science behind dyslexia and talk about how to get help. There will be a question and answer time at the end of the presentation.

Hoksbergen has very personal connections to this topic as five of her six children are dyslexic. In her learning centers, she uses the Wilson Reading System, a specially designed language program for individuals with dyslexia. Elizabeth’s passion is helping parents and educators understand unique differences of the dyslexic learner and helping students overcome difficulties while developing strengths.

Hoksbergen has also provided adult training through conferences for educators, K-12th staff development for public and parochial schools, and public seminars for over two decades. She enjoys sharing ready-to-apply, research-based information that empowers parents and educators to facilitate student achievement and success.

Please join us to learn more about this learning difference that affects so many. This is a great program for parents, teachers, and anyone who thinks they may be close to somebody with this learning difference. “The Dyslexic Mind, Different by Design” will be held at the Independence Public Library’s Community Room at 6:30 pm on Monday, Oct. 16. It is free and open to the public. You can find out more by contacting the library at 319-334-2470 or stopping in and talking with us!