In honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, a local training center will offer free screenings to test reading skills throughout the month of October.
LearningRx is a training program that seeks to improve the brain's core cognitive skills, which improves the ability to read and comprehend. The program, which is applicable to children and adults, uses one-on-one training to improve mental performance.
LearningRx is a nationwide program, facilitated by more than 80 centers across the country.
Improving literacy is just one aspect of LearningRx, but owners Kevin and Jill Pasqua wanted to emphasize the importance of dyslexia awareness for the month of October.
"We think the ability to read is a core issue to most people," Kevin Pasqua said. "As you move higher and higher up (in life), the ability to read is just one of those foundational skills."
According to the International Dyslexia Association, 15 to 20 percent of the population has symptoms of dyslexia. Symptoms include difficulty pronouncing words, trouble distinguishing similarities and differences in words, and low reading comprehension.
"Most people think of dyslexia in a very severe sense, in that it's the flipping of letters and the confusion of words, but in reality, the definition of dyslexia is poor with words or trouble with reading," Kevin Pasqua said.
Before the Pasquas opened the LearningRx office in Brookfield, they tested the program on their 10-year-old son, who struggled with reading. After completing the 24-week program, the Pasquas' son is now an avid reader and in the top of his class.
"To bring awareness to reading issues and to help the community, we're offering the free screening," Kevin Pasqua said. "If you came in and took advantage of the screening, you'll have more information about yourself or your child than you had before; and then you can evaluate what you want to do about it."
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ADDRESS: 21075 Swenson Drive
PHONE: (262) 395-2250
OWNERS: Kevin and Jill Pasqua
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