The Hays CISD Dyslexia Program uses a structured, sequential, explicit approach to teaching reading, spelling, and writing skills as an intervention for learners identified with dyslexia.
Components of Instruction:
- Phonological awareness
- Phonic coding
- Reading fluency
- Reading comprehension
Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. With proper help, many people with dyslexia can learn to read and write well. Early identification and treatment is the key to helping individuals with dyslexia achieve in school and in life. Most people with dyslexia need help from a teacher, tutor, or therapist specially trained in using a multisensory, structured language approach. It is important for these individuals to be taught by a systematic and explicit method that involves several senses (hearing, seeing, touching) at the same time. Students with dyslexia often need a great deal of structured practice and immediate, corrective feedback to develop automatic word recognition skills.
Resources for Learning at Home
These are some resources available for your students. Some of these resources require financial commitments, but under current circumstances many are being offered at no charge. After opening the linked document, click/double click on a resource name to open the site:
The Dyslexia Handbook
Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, 2021 Update - Texas Education Agency (TEA)
The purpose of the handbook is to provide procedures for school districts, charter schools, campuses, teachers, students, and parents/guardians in early identification of, instruction for, and accommodations for students with dyslexia.
- The Dyslexia Handbook 2021
- Dyslexia Handbook 2021 - Update
- El Manual Sobre la Dislexia, Versión 2021
- Actualización del manual de dislexia 2021
Talking Book Program
The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service to the Blind and Print Disabled, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages.
International Dyslexia Association
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) maintains an informative website with resources for families and educators. Click here to view the IDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Dyslexia.
Basic Dyslexia Facts
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Click here to view Dyslexia Basics prepared by the International Dyslexia Association
Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written language to express their thoughts. Click here to view Understanding Dysgraphia prepared by the International Dyslexia Association
Basic Language Skills Reading Program - Elementary Dyslexia Curriculum
Basic Language Skills is a literacy instructional framework that is systematic, sequential, intensive and comprehensive. It is used in Hays CISD for students with dyslexia or related language learning differences in our elementary dyslexia classrooms.
Esperanza is a Spanish multisensory, structured language approach for reading, writing and spelling. The Esperanza program addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel’s Research: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Wilson Reading System - Secondary Dyslexia Curriculum
Wilson Reading System is a multisensory, structured curriculum. It is used in Hays CISD for students with dyslexia or related language learning differences in our secondary dyslexia classrooms.
Yale Center for Dyslexia
The Yale Center for Dyslexia website offers information and resources for students and families.
Learning Ally is an audiobook solution for students with learning differences.
White Paper - Teaching Students with Dyslexia: How to Recognize Early Warning Signs, Provide Effective Intervention, and Unlock Student Achievement