Gemm Learning Interviews Authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

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Gemm Learning releases its exclusive interview with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, co-authors of the Hank Zipzer book series for learning-challenged children. Winkler and Oliver offer insight from their first-hand experience coping with dyslexia and advocating the cause to help dyslexic children.

What is really important for children to know is that no matter how they learn, or how hard it is for them to learn, none of that has anything to do with how brilliant they are.

Gemm Learning conducted an interview with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, co-authors of Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever. Winkler, best-known for his acting role as Fonzie on Happy Days, is dyslexic and offers insight on helping children who deal with learning challenges. Oliver, the editor of the duo, explains their writing process and why reading is important for all children.

Winkler’s Dyslexia

At age 30, Winkler found out he had dyslexia after his step-son was diagnosed. The discovery ultimately helped him understand his past struggles as a child in school. He realized that different techniques can be used to deal with learning disabilities and that these techniques should be encouraged. Winkler now advocates the recognition of unique learning styles. “What is really important for children to know is that no matter how they learn, or how hard it is for them to learn, none of that has anything to do with how brilliant they are,” says Winkler. “Each person has greatness inside, and each person’s job is to dig that out and give it to the world.”

In Gemm Learning’s interview, Winkler explains that he feels a release from knowing he has a learning challenge. It helped him develop a sense of humor, and he can now help children who are struggling as he did. Throughout the interview, Winkler details his newfound dedication to helping children learn.

Years after he was diagnosed with dyslexia, Winkler met writer Lin Oliver. They decided to write a book targeted toward children with learning challenges, based on Winkler’s childhood experiences. The first book evolved into a successful, funny, engaging series. They explain their writing process and beliefs on learning and reading in Gemm Learning’s interview.

The “Great Books for Dyslexic Children” Series

The interview with Winkler and Oliver is part of Gemm Learning’s new series called “Great Books for Dyslexic Children.” Each blog post in the series focuses on different authors and books available to dyslexic children. Before spot-lighting the Hank Zipzer series and authors, Gemm Learning talked to Patricia Polacco about her book titled Thank You, Mr. Falker. Read the interview with Polacco to learn about her experiences with dyslexia and helping children through her writing. Gemm Learning will continue to highlight books and talk to their authors to help enhance the education of dyslexic children.

In addition to offering reading suggestions, Gemm Learning offers several dyslexia programs. The new Reading Assistant service effectively allows struggling readers of all ages to practice vocabulary, listening, reading aloud, and self-correction. If you are interested in reading help for dyslexic children, contact Gemm Learning.

About Gemm Learning
Gemm Learning offers reading and cognitive programs that treat the cause of learning difficulties, rather than symptoms, aiming to be a one-time intervention. Our students work at home with remote coaching and support from certified educators, backed by Gemm City – our online rewards site for students – and MyGemm – our parent resources website. To get focused dyslexia help or learn more about our reading programs, visit http://www.GemmLearning.com or call 877-914-4366.

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