WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
dys: difficulty lexia: with words
The Texas Education Code §38.003 (State Law) definition of dyslexia:
Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and socio-cultural opportunity.
The Crowley ISD Dyslexia program curriculum has been adopted by the district and meets the State of Texas instructional guidelines for students considered at risk for dyslexia. We are pleased to be able to offer quality, intensive, multi-sensory instruction using materials based on the Orton-Gillingham approach for the remediation of written language differences. Instructional components include: phonemic awareness, grapho-phonemic knowledge, language structure, linguistic patterns, and processes. Dyslexia Specialists have been trained in the use of materials and teaching strategies of the multi-sensory curriculum.
Crowley ISD follows a Response to Intervention model to meet the needs of struggling students beginning with the classroom teacher.
Recommendation for dyslexia assessment, as appropriate, may occur for students who do not demonstrate adequate progress following Tier 1 and intensified Tier 2 instruction. A committee of knowledgeable persons will determine dyslexia identification after reviewing all accumulated assessment data.
A student may be eligible for dyslexia instruction with:
1. Evidence of a deficit in one or more of the primary characteristics of dyslexia:
• Reading words in isolation
• Decoding unfamiliar words
• Reading fluency (rate and accuracy)
2. Evidence of a deficit in phonological processing:
• Phonological awareness
• Rapid naming
• Phonological memory
3. The above deficits are unexpected for the child’s age, educational level or cognitive abilities.
A student may not be eligible if inadequate reading progress is due to:
• Inconsistent attendance
• Limited background experiences
• Socio-cultural factors
Ways to Support Your Child at Home:
• Communicate with your child’s teacher
• Read with your child daily
• Show patience and encouragement
• Help your child explore and develop talents and interests
• Create structure and routine at home
• Help your child manage homework
• Focus on your child’s abilities