Dyslexic student says changes needed for Missouri schools

1 year 8 months 4 weeks ago April 24, 2015 Apr 24, 2015 Friday, April 24 2015 Friday, April 24, 2015 8:53:00 PM CDT in News
By: Cody Crutchfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA- For Kellie Dillner, every good book is a movie. 

"I see things in pictures," Dillner said. "Most people see things in their head like words and stuff, but I see pictures. I always see a movie." 

Dillner suffers from dyslexia, a learning disorder which causes the brain to have trouble comprehending written words and spelling. Pictures come easy, words not so much.

Dyslexia is more common than many people might think. According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, it affects one in five people.

There are no set standards for how to deal with dyslexia in Missouri schools. 

Currently, schools are required to give a "free appropriate public education" to children with disabilities. And under that rule, students can qualify for an individualized education program, which will allow for specific accommodations for the student. In Columbia Public Schools, dyslexic students would fall under these rules and receive individualized treatment. 

"A team comes together and determines what kind of supports and what types of accommodations need to be made for that particular student so they can be successful at school," Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said. "That can be anything in the case of dyslexia from needing someone to help read exams when we have testing going on to providing a reading specialist to help develop the skills they need to be successful." 

Dillner said at Pilot Grove C-4 High School, the treatment varied from teacher to teacher. 

"I had to be my own advocate," Dillner said. "I made up this packet of what dyslexia is and all that stuff and I handed it to all my teachers before school started. Some of them never read it. It was very evident they never read it because they were like 'Oh no, this is a made up thing.' So I gave them all that and some of them read it and some of them actually helped me."

Change for how dyslexia is treated in Missouri could be on the horizon though. One state representative wants to create a dyslexia specialist in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a legislative task force on Dyslexia to help craft specific dyslexia programs for the Missouri schools. 

"Their responsibility will be to look into making recommendations for lawmakers and school districts," state Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Green County) said.

"Basically set best practices and provide research for school districts, including providing in-service training for teachers so they can quickly recognize students possibly dealing with dyslexia," he said. "Right now teachers don't know. They are not trained to identify when a student may or may not have dyslexia."

Dillner said she wants to use her experience with dyslexia to become an educator and an advocate for dyslexic students in the future. 

"I want to help other kids who are struggling with dyslexia," Dillner said.

She said she is going to college for early childhood and special education, but she doesn't want to be a teacher.

"I want to do tutoring and advocate for these dyslexic kids because they're the ones that go in the crack," she said. "You have to be severe enough to go into special ed, but these are the kids that are still in the normal classroom but are struggling."

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JASPER (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is taking recycling to the extreme by building a house made from everything... More >>
1 hour ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of a new mug that maintains the coffee's temperature... More >>
1 hour ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:56:06 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, is pushing to give the state the country's toughest penalties for... More >>
3 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM) raised more than $1,500 Saturday night for the after-school program, Granny's... More >>
14 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in... More >>
17 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's... More >>
17 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:37:52 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority... More >>
17 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:32:26 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Solidarity March was organized by area organization to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of... More >>
19 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. Stephens College student and one of the directors of... More >>
20 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution" author, Dr. Lynn Rossy, spoke at the Boone County Historical Museum Saturday. The... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:51:00 AM CST in News
BOONVILLE — Several Missouri National Guard Specialists are preparing to leave for their final segment of training before departing for... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:39:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a shooting death last summer in Kansas City,... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police and court records said a man accused of fatally shooting a St. Louis apartment complex's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:16:04 AM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwestern Missouri woman faces up to 23 years in federal prison after admitting in court that... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison after admitting in court that... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:31:15 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis 18-year-old has been jailed on $250,000 bond after being accused of wounding her... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:13:19 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program in place, but officials in Columbia are hoping... More >>
1 day ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 6:34:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
1pm 47°
2pm 48°
3pm 47°
4pm 47°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:30a
NHL Hockey
2:00p
USSA Skiing and Snowboarding
3:00p
Figure Skating
12:30p
Family Guy
1:00p
Paid Program
1:30p
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Dateline NBC
7:30p
Ted
6:00p
Beverly Hills Ninja
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld