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  • Certified Academic Language Therapist

    Certified Master Reading Teacher

    For the last 17 years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to work with students to help them overcome reading difficulties caused by dyslexia. Mabank Independent School District is currently using the Take Flight Program.

  • Recommended Reading for Parents

    Adams, Ph.D., Marilyn. (1990).Beginning to Read: thinking and Learning About Print – A summary. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    Fletcher Jack M., Lyon Reid G., Fuchs Lynn S., Barnes, Marcia A.(2006) Learning Disabilities: from Identification to Intervention. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

    Hall, Susan l. Moats, Ed.D Louisa C. (2002) Parenting a Struggling Reader. New York, NY: Broadway Books.

    Hall, Susan L. And Moats, Ed.D., Louisa C. (1999). Straight Talk About Reading. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books.

    Healy, Ph.D., Jane M. (1999). Endangered Minds; Why Children Don't Think and What We can Do About It. New York, NY: Touchstone Books.

    Mercer, Ed.D., Cecil (1997)Students with Learning Disabilities. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall.

    Moats, Ed.D. Louisa and Dakin, Karen E. (2007).Basic Facts About Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems.Publisher:International Dyslexia Association.

    Shaywitz, M.D., Sally. (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science –Based Program for reading Problems at Any Level. New York, NY: Knopf.
     
    Hultquist, Alan M. What Is Dyslexia? A Book Explaining Dyslexia for Kids and Adults to Use Together

    Eide,M.D.M.A, Brock L. and Eide, M.D. Fernette.  The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain Paperback

    Moats, Louisa C. and Dakin, Karen E.  Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems

    Reid, Gavin. Dyslexia A Complete Guide for Parents

TAKE FLIGHT: A comprehensive intervention for students with dyslexia that was developed by Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Take flight contains the components of effective reading instruction supported by the National Reading Panel research. They are:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonic Skills
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension

 


Some of the signs associated with dyslexia include:
Difficulty learning to speak
Trouble learning letters and their sounds
Difficulty organizing written and spoken language
Trouble memorizing number facts
Difficulty reading quickly enough to comprehend
Trouble persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
Difficulty spelling
Trouble learning a foreign language
Difficulty correctly doing math operations

People with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. However, their tremendous strengths are offset by noticeable weaknesses.

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