What is Dyslexia?
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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 impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, 2012
What is Dyslexia Video
All students in grades Kindergarten and 1st Grade go through a screening process to identify students who may be at risk for dyslexia (House Bill 1886). Additionally, students beyond first grade may be screened or tested as appropriate. Depending on a student's needs, an evaluation may be completed through Section 504 (General Education) or IDEA (Special Education).
Related Links: MTSS and Child Find
Updates in Special Education-Texas Education Agency
Updates in Special Education (Spanish)-Texas Education Agency
Services Provided if Identified
If a student is identified with dyslexia, services are discussed and documented through either a Section 504 meeting or Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meeting. The committee will review the student's data and collaborate on the resources and services that best meet the student's needs.
The Rockwall ISD Dyslexia Program currently utilizes a variety of curriculum resources such as: Scottish Rite Take Flight, System 44, Neuhaus, Multi-Sensory Teaching Approach, and Read 180.
The Rockwall ISD Dyslexia Program strives to spotlight and educate others on dyslexia. Some of the exciting opportunities that have been provided are:
- Campus Staff Dyslexia Simulations
- Community/Parent Dyslexia Simulations
- Dyslexia Family Night
- Yearly staff development (district-wide) on the identification of dyslexia and ways to support students with dyslexia in the classroom