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North Lamar ISD – Dyslexia Program

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulities 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 unexpexted 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 Board of Directors, November 12, 2002).

Dyslexia Therapists

STAFF


Carol VanDeaver, M.Ed., LDT, CALT
NLISD Dyslexia Coordinator
Goodman Learning Center

903.737.2031, ext. 5005

cvandeaver@northlamar.net

Alexandria Walters, CALT
Dyslexia Therapist

North Lamar Intermediate and Stone Middle School
   903.737.2061                    903.737.2041

awalters@northlamar.net

Suzanne Culbertson
Dyslexia Specialist

North Lamar Intermediate School
903.737.2061

sculbertson@northlamar.net

Miranda Hale
Dyslexia Specialist

North Lamar Intermediate School
903.737.2061
mhale@northlamar.net

Kerri Layton
Dyslexia Specialist

Aaron Parker Elementary School
903.732.3066

klayton@northlamar.net

Programs Utilized at NLISD

 

BUILD: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention
To meet the needs of the K-1 students who have been identified at risk for dyslexia, the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children has developed a 100-lesson reading intervention called Build: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention. Build is a small group intervention that addresses five specific components of reading intervention. Each component is taught developmentally using a direct, systematic, cumulative, multisensory method of introduction and practice to meet the specific needs of Kindergarten and first grade students struggling in reading.

Turbo Start: A Dyslexia Curriculum for Newly Identified Students
Contains the five components of Effective Reading Instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension). Each component is taught developmentally using a direct, systematic, cumulative, multisensory method of introduction and practice to meet specific needs of newly identified students with dyslexia. The content of Turbo Start is derived from the evidence-based Take Flight curriculum and provides foundational training in five specific components of reading intervention.

Take Flight
A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC).  Take Flight addresses the essential components outlined by the state of Texas for meeting the literacy needs of students identified with dyslexia and related disorders.

Reading by Design
Reading by Design
®: An Individualized Literacy Intervention is a systematic, multisensory approach aligned with research-based practices for developing literacy. This intervention follows an intensive, explicit, and cumulative design for remediation of reading and writing skills at all grade levels. This comprehensive program addresses the following components: phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, six syllable types, written spelling patterns, morphology, syntax, reading fluency, and comprehension. Progress monitoring and review lessons are embedded throughout the program to inform student progress and promote reading and writing automaticity.


Higgins Elementary
Build, Turbo Start, and Take Flight

Aaron Parker Elementary
Build, Turbo Start, Reading By Design, and 
Take Flight

North Lamar Intermediate
Turbo StartReading By Design, and 
Take Flight

Stone Middle School
Turbo Start and Take Flight

North Lamar High School
Turbo Start and Take Flight

EVALUATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF DYSLEXIA

The Dyslexia Handbook - 2021 Update streamlines the process for identification of dyslexia and clarifies that anytime the district suspects that the student has dyslexia or a related disorder, the district must seek parental consent for a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA.

Child Find is a provision in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law that requires the state to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that every student in the state who needs special education and related services is located, identified, and evaluated. The purpose of the IDEA is to ensure that students with disabilities are offered a free and appropriate public education (20 U.S.C. §1400(d); 34 C.F.R. §300.1). Because a student suspected of having dyslexia may be a student with a disability under the IDEA, the Child Find mandate includes these students. Therefore, when referring and evaluating students suspected of having dyslexia, LEAs must follow procedures for conducting a full individual and initial evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA. (See the FAQ below.)

Sources for Free Audio Books

North Lamar ISD provides free audio books to students with dyslexia. 

Texas Talking Book Program               Learning Ally Audiobooks

                 Texas Talking Book Program                           Learning Ally Audiobooks

         Texas Talking Book Program Spanish

 

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