Dyslexia & Percy Jackson
The idea for Percy Jackson came when author Rick Riordan made up bedtime stories for his nine-year-old son Haley, who had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. At the time, Haley refused to read and hated school, but was fascinated by the Greek myths he had been studying in second grade. He asked that his father tell him stories based on Greek mythology.
Myths about gods, heroes and monsters were an important part of everyday life in ancient Greece. Myths about gods explained what people saw in the world around them, while Greek heroes were extraordinary individuals who possessed great skills, ingenuity, intelligence and charisma.
After Riordan had recounted all of the tales that he knew, Haley asked his dad to create new stories using the familiar characters from Greek myths. In his new story, Riordan created a different kind of hero in Percy Jackson and made ADHD and dyslexia part of his powers. Riodan learned that kids affected by ADHD and dyslexia tend to be “creative” and “out of the box” thinkers because they don’t see or solve problems the same way other people do. By making Percy Jackson ADHD and dyslexic, Rick Riordan honors the potential of these kids and demonstrates that it’s not a bad thing to be different.
STUDENT EDUCATION & SUPPORT
Provide the highest quality, state-of the art, multisensory tutorial reading and written language instruction to children with dyslexia;
Train tutors in the art, science and practice of tutoring children using the Orton-Gillingham approach to multisensory teaching of reading, spelling and writing;
Advance the body of scientific knowledge of dyslexia through support of clinical research, to improve today's standards and tomorrow's care.