August 16, 2021

Byram educator starts center for children and adults with dyslexia: “You are the norm”

Therese Apel

McKimley Hudson

Some people dream of making millions or becoming famous, but McKimley Hudson’s dream is a little different than that.

A lifelong educator, she wants to help people with dyslexia understand that their lives don’t have to be any different than anyone else’s. It’s not just the children, it’s the adults, too.

On Wednesday, Hudson will cut the ribbon on her Dyslexia Specialist Group in Byram — it’s a center where people can go and get the one-on-one training and attention that they need to get them on the right track as they move forward.

Dyslexia Specialist Group offers a set of multisensory strategies. Since everyone learns differently, Hudson said her school incorporates all learning styles in order to teach people the way they learn.

“You can become a better writer, a better reader, a better speller if you utilize the strategies that are in place,” she said.

Hudson is the only black woman educator to own a dyslexia therapy center in the Metro area. Having taught school at Provine for nine years and then moved on to Hinds County, Key Elementary, and New Summit, she said a lot of her former coworkers are also pioneering education in today’s strange new environment.

“This is where it placed us,” she said. “So I just jumped out and trusted God. It’s been this vision. It’s been on my heart for years.”

Hudson has a burden on her heart to reach the kids in the inner cities — to give those children what they don’t always get in the school system, as well as the adults who may have never had the opportunity for therapy or even to be diagnosed.

She sees a long and bright future for Dyslexia Specialist Group.

“God has given me a vison of reaching so many more people. It’s my passion — helping others not to feel inferior because they’re something that’s not considered the norm. The numbers say every 1 in 5 people are dyslexic. I just want to spread the word, I want it out there: Dyslexia is the norm.”

The Grand Opening will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at 130 Southpointe Drive, Suite C in Byram.

“I just want to thank God. It all belongs to him, and I’ll never forget it,” she said.

Watch the video at the beginning of this story to hear what inspired McKimley’s journey.

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