Literacy investment worthwhile



AFTER years of frustrating attempts to help improve her son's reading, Kerry Moore has finally found success by enrolling him in the MULTI-LIT correspondence program.

When 11-year-old Jesse was not chosen to take part in the Gladstone Tutorial Centre's MULTI-LIT (Making Up Lost Time In Literacy) program run in conjunction with Education Queensland, Mrs Moore decided to find another way to get him in the program.

"He missed out on going to the Tutorial Centre, but his teachers said it would really benefit him to do MULTI-LIT, so I looked on the internet and contacted the Macquarie University and found out I could do it independently,'' Mrs Moore said.

She said while it was a relatively expensive exercise; having to travel to Sydney to have Jesse assessed, taking part in training to do the course, and paying in excess of $1000 for the correspondence program, it was a worthwhile investment to help improve Jesse's literacy.

Mrs Moore said Jesse had been diagnosed with dyslexia and scoptic sensitivity syndrome, but since beginning the MULTI-LIT program in February, she had already seen signs of improvement.

"He still tries to guess what the word is before trying to sound it out, but he's overcoming that and now has the tools to equip him with how to read,'' she said.

"He's also a lot calmer and has a lot more confidence than he did a year ago, and he's not as stressed as what he used to be.''

Mrs Moore encouraged any parent whose child struggled with literacy and had not taken part in the Gladstone Tutorial Centre's program, to contact Macquarie University.

"The most important thing is that it works,'' she said.

Anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.multilit.com or phone (02) 9850 9695.



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