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What Parents Need to Know About: Dyslexia
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by difficulties with accurate and or fluent word recognition. Other characteristics may include poor spelling and decoding abilities.
Who qualifies for the program?
Brenham ISD follows the Texas Education Agency requirements that a 504 or ARD committee must determine if a student has dyslexia characteristics. A two-part model is used in making this determination. The first step is data gathering (performance in class, vision and hearing tests, progress on interventions, parent observations). The data is reviewed by the 504 or ARD committee to determine if a Dyslexia assessment is necessary and then parent permission is acquired for formal assessment. Formal assessment measures auditory, verbal, written, visual and reading tasks. Once the assessment is complete the 504 or ARD committee makes a recommendation,then parents are notified and an action plan is developed.
What services are provided by the program?
If a Dyslexia diagnosis is given, an instructional program will be offered in a small class setting which includes reading, writing and spelling instruction. Brenham ISD uses Basic Language Skill or Multisensory Reading and Spelling curriculum from the Neuhaus center for Dyslexia instruction. The elementary schools and middle school offer this as a pull out program and Brenham Junior High and Brenham High School offer it as a class.
How do students exit the program?
Dismissal from dyslexia services is determined by the 504 or ARD committee. The committee considers the following factors when recommending exiting dyslexia: completion of the program, parent request or passing the reading portion of the state assessment.
For more information about screening:
Director of Special Programs
Brenham Independent School District
(979) 277-3700 | BrenhamISD.net
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