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Chili Crossroads Bible Church opens learning center

| September 1, 2015

FRESNO – Chili Crossroads Bible Church is pleased to offer a new service to the community.

The Chili Learning Center opened this month at the church and provides private tutoring with a certified instructor.

“When our daughter was in third grade in Chicago, Ill. she would start a book and work really hard at reading it, but she’d get an eighth of the way through and stop,” said Pastor Neal Dearyan. “We had books all over our house with bookmarkers where she had stopped. Reading was really hard for her, but people at the private school she went to identified the symptoms of dyslexia.”

The couple’s daughter, who is now 18, was assisted through the Barton Reading & Spelling System.

“It took our daughter about 18 months, but the amount of time needed depends on the person,” Neal said. “It’s so worth it though. She really is a different person in so many ways and is more confident with reading.”

One of her tutors from Chicago has relocated to Ohio to offer the program to children of all ages and adults at the church’s learning center.

“One in five children has dyslexia,” Neal said. “That’s 20 percent of the population and reading is so fundamental to so many different things in life. This program will enable them to be able to think in letters and words where right now they can’t. You and I see letters where they see pictures and things in reverse and that takes a lot of extra energy. I’m not an expert though. I’m just a parent with a child with dyslexia who was helped and I want to help others. From what I understand the earlier you catch it the better, but you never stop having dyslexia.”

To make an appointment, call 740-610-0828 or visit www.chililearning.org. The church is located at 29445 C.R. 10.

“The approach we are going to take is to celebrate what they have and offer to go on a journey with them to build new wiring in their brain to make things easier,” Neal said.

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