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Dyslexia
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Dyslexia
 
Definition
Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia in the following way:

(1) "Dyslexia" means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.

(2) "Related disorders" include disorders similar to or related to dyslexia such as developmental auditory imperceptions, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.38.htm#38.003

The International Dyslexia Association defines "dyslexia" in the following way:
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. (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002)

Student Identification
Guidelines in The Dyslexia Handbook, REVISED 2014 are followed in establishing district procedures for assessment, identification and placement of students. Procedures for assessment, identification and placement of students have been established under §504 guidelines. §504 procedures are implemented when it is determined that dyslexia substantially limits learning. Students who demonstrate an impairment to the extent that it meets the eligibility requirements identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be served through special education.

Programming
The RISD Dyslexia program provides reading interventions in the areas of phonemic awareness, graphophonemic knowledge, language structure, and linguistic patterns and processes as mandated in chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28.

Curriculum Areas of Study
The Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA), used in RISD is designed to teach students how to become independent readers. The curriculum encompasses the structure of the written English language.

Curriculum areas of study include:
  • Language Awareness
  • Alphabet and Dictionary Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Cursive Handwriting
  • Comprehension and Composition
     
 
 
 
RISD Dyslexia Programs
Shannon Suess, Director
701 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75080
469-593-7503
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