Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that is neurological 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).
The curriculum in Santa Fe has been designed to provide literacy instruction that is explicit, targeted, and intensive to provide all students with the best possible foundation to offset reading difficulties. Students who are struggling with reading are identified through the problem solving team process. When students are demonstrating difficulties with reading words in isolation, difficulty accurately decoding nonsense words, exhibit slow, labored oral reading, and have difficulty with spelling, they are referred for a dyslexia evaluation. For students identified with dyslexia, direct intensive reading instruction is provided. The district currently utilizes the Basic Language and Multisensory Reading and Spelling programs developed through the Neuhaus Education Center as its primary method of intervention. All Kindegarten and first graders are screened for Dyslexia within the Texas Education timelines.
Parents who are concerned with their child's progress in reading are encouraged to contact a campus administrator. For additional information on the dyslexia program, please contact:
Director of Special Programs