What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impeded growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Common Risk Factors Associated with Dyslexia can be found in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook 2018 Update pages 2-4.
DYSLEXIA INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
S.P.I.R.E. (Kinder - 5th gr.)
S.P.I.R.E. is a research proven reading intervention program. It is designed to build reading success through an intensive, structured, and spiraling curriculum that incorporates phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension in a systematic 10-step lesson plan.
Explicit Teacher-led Instruction
Lessons are clearly written and keep teachers at the center of instruction.
Consistent 10-step Lesson
Systematic, sequentially structured lessons ensure mastery of concepts and allow for easy implementation.
Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic activities keep students actively engaged.
Mastery of Concepts
Data-driven instruction with continual practice and review ensure measurable and permanent gains.
LANGUAGE! Live (Grades 6th -12th)
LANGUAGE! Live blends personalized, online learning with teacher-led instruction. Students are assessed and placed in the level of LANGUAGE! Live that will enable him/her to accelerate learning and achieve success. The learning progression of the program will improve your student's basic decoding and spelling skills and advanced word analysis.
In the online component of LANGUAGE! Live, students move at their own pace and can work from any location with internet access. They receive continuous feedback throughout the year on how they are doing.
In the textbook component, students build comprehension, vocabulary, language and writing skills through direct teacher interaction. The instruction in this component is targeted to help them meet grade-level expectations.
The combination of the two components - online learning and teacher-led instruction - will accelerate students' reading and writing skills and position them to be successful in classwork and in future endeavors.
Technology for Students with Dyslexia
Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy (ONLINE training for teachers):
Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy is an exciting new training initiative to help district and charter school teachers, administrators, dyslexia specialists, and assessment personnel with the challenges of identifying students with dyslexia. This training offers five modules where participants can customize their professional development path by attending one or any combination of the five. TAC §232.11 requires educators who teach students with dyslexia to have CPE training in new research and practices in educating students with dyslexia.*
|Module 1 - Foundations|
Module 1 is the first of five modules developed to assist school districts and charter schools in the identification of students with dyslexia. The objectives for Module 1 are to define dyslexia and related disorders, explore the characteristics and common risk factors of dyslexia at varying age and grade levels, explore elements of reading, and review associated academic difficulties and conditions that may co-exist with dyslexia.
*Successful completion of Module 1 may satisfy this requirement, per local district policy.