PETAL -- Mississippi Legislatures recently passed a bill mandating that all kindergartners and first graders be screened for dyslexia tendencies, but one local school is taking that a step further.
"The state does not require that we serve those students through a lab, but we want to be proactive and try to meet the needs of those students as early as possible," Petal Primary School Principal Kim Raulston said.
A new dyslexia lab started this year with two full time and six part time teachers that work one-on-one with the students who show dyslexic tendencies in that screening.
They each spend either 30 minutes three days a week or 45 minutes two days a week with the special tutor.
The program director trained all the tutors, teachers and assistants on the Barton Method.
Right now about 185 students attend the special lab.
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