OVERVIEW OF THE HPISD DYSLEXIA PROGRAM
Highland Park Independent School district supports the educational concept that reading, writing, and spelling skills provide the foundation for overall academic success. The HPISD Dyslexia Program provides students who have a diagnosis of dyslexia with the opportunity to participate in the Take Flight program. Take Flight is a comprehensive intervention program for students with dyslexia and is the most recent treatment developed by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Differences in Dallas, Texas.
Instruction in the Take Flight program is administered by a trained dyslexia/reading specialist and is available at each HPISD campus. The HPISD Dyslexia Program follows all TEA guidelines for assessment, identification, and instruction as per TEA guidelines outlined in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook, updated 2014. (see link below)
- Click here for the English version of the TEA Dyslexia Handbook, 2014.
- Click here for the Spanish version of the TEA Dyslexia Handbook, 2014.
- Click here for the HPISD Board Policy for Dyslexia and Related Disorders.
Campus dyslexia/reading specialists have been trained in Take Flight, a multi-sensory method for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. All dyslexia/reading specialists hold advanced degrees and have many years of experience working with students with reading disabilities. These teachers stay current in the area of dyslexia by attending local, state, and national conferences and workshops each year.
In addition to the reading instruction provided in their general education classrooms, students in grades K-6 who are identified with dyslexia may also be recommended by the Student Support Team, the 504 Committee, or the ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) Committee to attend the Take Flight instruction provided on their home campus. This instruction is a pull-out program for small group instruction for 45 minutes per day.
With a recommendation from the SST, ARD, or 504 committee, 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.
Teachers and parents may refer a student for a dyslexia assessment to the Student Support Team (SST). If the student is already receiving Special Education services or already has 504 accommodations, then the request for assessment may come via the ARD Committee or the 504 Committee. Parents must give written consent for the dyslexia assessment. Once the assessment is completed, the HPISD Dyslexia Review Committee (which is composed of HPISD dyslexia/reading specialists as well as an assessment specialist) reviews the confidential test results to assure that all areas of concern are properly assessed prior to returning to the parents and the SST, ARD, or 504 Committee. The SST, ARD, or 504 Committee (with parents in attendance) confirms or denies the diagnosis of dyslexia. Kindergarten and first-grade students may be referred to the Pre-Flight program, the precursor to Take Flight for children of this age group.
When students complete 4th grade, all student records (of both active and former students as well as those students who were assessed for dyslexia) are sent to the dyslexia/reading specialist at McCulloch Intermediate School. These records then follow the student through McCulloch Intermediate School, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School. In the event that additional dyslexia services are needed, the campus dyslexia/reading specialist will have the past record of reading assessment and intervention for the student.
Park Cities Learning Disabilities Association (PCLDA) sponsors parent programs through the school year. You may visit their website for upcoming programs and events. www.pclda.org
The International Dyslexia Association offers information for parents of pre-schoolers thru college on their website. The Fact Sheet's portion of this website has many instructional tools and information for parents.