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 impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (International Dyslexia Association)
Dyslexia is NOT due to:
- a lack of intelligence
- a lack of motivation to learn to read
- a vision problem
The curriculum used in our dyslexia class is called Dyslexia Intervention Program. It is a multi-sensory program that uses strategies from many sources including Orton-Gillingham, Scottish Rite, the Neuhaus Center, and Project Read. Lesson components include alphabet activities, review of the reading deck, review of the spelling deck, a new concept, reading practice, cursive handwriting, spelling, review, listening and verbal expression (including phonological awareness), reading comprehension, writing activities, and study skills.
Students should be encouraged to apply strategies learned in the intervention class outside of class. Extra reading practice outside of class is also crucial for student progress.
If you have questions about the Dyslexia Intervention Program, please contact Kristy Fulton, firstname.lastname@example.org, (903) 682-7315, ext. 119.