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ABOUT DYSLEXIA

  • DEFINITION OF DYSLEXIA

    Kansas has adopted the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of 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, 2002)

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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    COMPLETED

    2018-19

     

     

    • Dyslexia Parent Advisory Group initiated - launched 2018

    • Blue Valley Staff K-12 Dyslexia Committee - launched 2018

    • Orton-Gillingham training (30 hours) initiated at elementary level

    • Language Live training - completed in 2018

    • Identifying Dyslexia at the Early Childhood level - completed in 2018
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    COMPLETED

    2019-20

     

     

    • The brain and processing differences - Professional Learning with Dr. David Hurford 2019 

    • Adoption of universal screener - Acadience training and implementation fall 2019 

    • Orton-Gillingham training (30 hours) initiated at secondary level

    • Foundations of Wilson training - fall 2019
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    ONGOING

    2019-20

     

     

    • Professional learning for teachers - began fall 2018

    • Professional learning for school leaders - began fall 2018

    • Addition of District Dyslexia Coordinator - fall 2020

    • Read & Write Chrome Extension added 2019 - training continues

    • Implementation of additional resources - 2020 for phonological awareness and phonics

    • Analysis of assistive technology at each level - 2020

    • Consideration of SEL needs and resources for students with dyslexia - 2020

    • Development of a multi-tiered system of support - fall 2019

    • Review of school level transition processes - fall 2019

    • Learning Disability Simulations

CHARACTERISTICS OF DYSLEXIA

  • Some or all of the following characteristics may be present in individuals with Dyslexia.

    • Difficulty learning to read, write, spell and do arithmetic

    • Difficulty following oral and written instructions

    • Handwriting challenges

    • Focus struggles- remaining on task

    • Delayed spoken language

    • Confusion about directions in time, space, left-right, up and down, yesterday and tomorrow

    • High level of frustration

    • Difficulty in retaining information

    • Test-taking anxiety

    • Increased or reduced energy level

    • Immaturity

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