What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disability that specifically affects a person’s ability to process language. Studies have shown that, when reading, people with dyslexia utilize parts of their brain differently than non-dyslexics. It is believed that the breakdown occurs in identifying and manipulating individual sounds in words. This breakdown affects a person’s ability to decode and recognize words quickly. which makes reading difficult. It also affects their spelling.
The legal rights of students with dyslexia are guaranteed through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
All of the dyslexia programs in Judson ISD are scientifically research-based. Each campus has a systematic program, for each grade level that would provide the type of instruction specifically designed for a learner who has been identified with dyslexia, as recommended in The Dyslexia Handbook Revised 2014. The programs are multisensory, systematic and intensive in nature.
The programs available at JISD use direct, explicit teaching of letter-sound relationships, syllable patterns, and meaningful word parts, and provide a great deal of successful practice of skills that have been taught. Fluency-building exercises, vocabulary instruction, language comprehension and writing are also included in the comprehensive intervention.
Some students with dyslexia require accommodations to help with their success in the school environment. The following is a list of the most common classroom accommodations provided to these students:
- Extra time on assignments
- Copy of written notes
- Oral administration on tests
- Preferential seating