Fit Learning Salem making strides to help kids with learning disabilities, including dyslexia

SALEM, Va. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Director Teresa Lyons works with her student, Christopher on letter sounds

It's a learning disability that causes issues with reading, spelling, writing and pronouncing words.

Fit Learning Salem sets itself apart from schools and tutoring centers by rapid, individualized instruction.

Director Teresa Lyons says her students make one to two year gains in skills after just 50 hours of instruction.

"Every kid has a level of data collection that allows me within my session to pinpoint exactly and tell every parent every day this is what your child was able to do today.And by the end of the week, I can actually tell the parent and actually predict within two weeks, this is where your child will be," says Lyons.

It's this individualized teaching of letter sounds and rules that Lyons says helps students progress so quickly.

She's now working with five clients, and offers a flexible schedule that can easily fit into the school day.

"Right now, the way our enrollment works is the kids come to us four to five days a week for 50 minute sessions at a time. And we work on subjects of reading. We work on mathematics, penmanship," says Lyons.

Statistics show anywhere from five to 15 percent of Americans have dyslexia. Children with dyslexia read very slowly, and often skip over words.

"If your child struggles to learn to read, they have a difficulty sounding out words- you see some letter reversals-- spelling is typically atrocious."

Virginia's General Assembly is also paying attention to the issue of dyslexia, with new laws.

"Any teacher that is newly certified or re-certified has to take an awareness in dyslexia course. So, that all teachers are now becoming more aware about dyslexia, because it's significantly impacting our students," says Lyons.

There's no medication for Dyslexia, so early intervention is the key to helping kids reach their full potential.

"Kids with dyslexia typically have average intelligence. They can keep up with a lot of the work in school, but their reading inhibits them from actually being as successful as they could be."