WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
The International Dyslexia Association defines “dyslexia” in the following way: 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002.
The HPISD Dyslexia Program follows all TEA guidelines for assessment, identification, and instruction as per TEA guidelines outlined in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook. The TEA Dyslexia Handbook has been updated, and the updates became effective on February 10, 2022.
In addition, House Bill 3928 was passed by the 88th Texas Legislature (Regular Session) and impacts dyslexia evaluation, identification, and instruction.
To access the updated Appendix A – Dyslexia Handbook FAQs, in English click here
In Spanish click here.
Highland Park Independent School district supports the educational concept that reading, writing, and spelling skills provide the foundation for overall academic success. Although dyslexia is a life-long condition, the HPISD Dyslexia Program equips students with dyslexia the skills needed to be successful in school. HPISD utilizes the Take Flight program. Take Flight is a comprehensive intervention program for students with dyslexia developed by the Scottish Rite for Children Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders in Dallas, Texas.
Instruction in the Take Flight program is administered by a Certified Academic Language Therapist - CALT (or in process of getting certified) at each HPISD campus. A CALT is a trained dyslexia specialist with a Master’s Degree who has completed an intensive and rigorous training program that included hundreds of hours teaching students with dyslexia.
These dyslexia specialists stay current in the area of dyslexia by attending local, state, and/or national conferences and workshops each year.
|University Park Elementary|
|McCulloch Intermediate School|
|Highland Park Middle School|
|Highland Park High School|
|HPISD Dyslexia Coordinator||Auralie Ruggiere|
K-1 SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA
With the enactment of TEC 38.003, Highland Park ISD began screening all kindergarten and first-grade students for dyslexia. Results of the screener are reviewed, and a determination for additional instruction is made at the campus level. Results are reported to parents, campus administrators, and campus dyslexia specialists for review. Appropriate campus intervention is planned as needed.
INSTRUCTION IN GRADES 7-12
With a recommendation from the SST, ARD, or 504 committees, students at Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park High School who are identified as dyslexic may receive instruction utilizing the Take Flight program from the campus dyslexia/reading specialist. These classes take the place of one elective during their school day. High school students will receive one local elective credit for this class.
While students are actively enrolled in the Take Flight program, their reading progress is monitored by the dyslexia specialist.
Students who have completed the Take Flight program or received dyslexia intervention from another school district or from a private provider will also be progress monitored. Monitoring results are reported to campus administration, as well as to the SST Committee, 504 Committee, or the ARD Committee.
PARENT AND STUDENT RESOURCES
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides many helpful resources for parents. Some of the most often used and helpful Fact Sheets are linked below, but there are many others on the IDA website www.dyslexiaida.org.
- ADHD and Dyslexia- Click Here
- Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia-Click Here
- Adolescents and Adults with Dyslexia- Click Here
- Applying for Accommodations on College Entrance Tests- Click Here
- Assessment of Dyslexia- Click Here
- Dyslexia Basics- Click Here
- Dyslexia-Stress-Anxiety Connection- Click Here
- Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia- Click Here
- Gifted and Dyslexic- Click Here
- Helpful Terminology- Click Here
- Morphological Awareness- Click Here
- Oral Language Impairments and Dyslexia- Click Here
- Spelling-Click Here
- Technology and App Tools- Click Here
- Understanding Dysgraphia- Click Here
- Working Memory: The Engine for Learning- Click Here
- Suggested books for parents and students with dyslexia - Click Here