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welcome back thanks for staying with wtva nine news at five.. i'm craig ford on sunday, we will air "a celebration of hope," a telethon we do every year in support of tupelo's regional rehab center. it is one of the city's best known treatment centers for speech therapy, occupational therapy, dyslexia and so much more. here's wtva's mike russell with the story of a tupelo teen who's seeing things a lot differently, thanks to his regional rehab team. (quick out!) mike russell: "in tupelo, regional rehab has a knack for looking at different ways to treat people with special needs. here, one young man is getting a whole new view of the world. his name...is tyler russell. dyslexia - a neurological glitch. when people have it , they struggle when they're reading. words and letters may seem to move around or drop out altogether. spelling can be a challenge - writing can be difficult. and as school gets more complicated, grades often head south. dave russell: "and the common core curriculum hit, and he started going downhill fast." that was the case with tyler russell three and a half years ago. and then his family found regional rehab...and speech pathologist tina finch. nats teacher: "do you capitalize ....abbreviations...yes! yes. abbreviations..." tina's been working with tyler since the third grade, and she knows that despite the hardships, there's a silver lining. children who have it are usually incredibly creative, often athletic, and expressive verbally. tina finch: "they can't put their thoughts down on paper, because they cannot read. but yet they can orally and verbally tell you anything and everything you want to know." tina's help has definitely boosted tyler's grades. tyler russell: "as i have trouble in school, it helps me so much just come here. and to tell her what i'm hav...them them what i'm problems with, so that, uh, they have to fix it, they help me fix it, and it all turns out incredible." mike russell: "so, tyler is dyslexic, but it's not near the challenge it used to be. in fact, tyler's has big plans for his future, don't you? yes sir! thanks to regional rehab, i'm thinking about becoming a lawyer. wow, how's that for knocking down the mountain. by the way, i like your last name. (thank you. i like yours, too). i'm mike russell, wtva 9news. experts say that ten to fifteen percent of the american population has dyslexia. of those with poor reading skills, dyslexia is one of the leading causes. a reminder, you can watch "celebration of hope" this coming sunday from 1 to 3pm on abc wtva




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