What is Dyslexia?
"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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
- International Dyslexia Association (Texas Dyslexia Handbook p. 1)
In Kennedale ISD, we use the Take Flight program developed by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. This is a two-year program that features intense instruction in phonological awareness, alphabet skills, phonics, reading fluency, meaningful word parts, spelling, and reading comprehension. As students mature, some may transition to SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words), which is a reading intervention program that helps older students develop skills in reading more difficult words and texts.
- Visit the James A. Arthur Dyslexia Resources page here
- Visit the KISD Dyslexia Summer Resources Page here
- The Dyslexia Handbook