October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!
The purpose of Conroe ISD’s Dyslexia and Reading Intervention Department is to assess students suspected of having dyslexia and provide dyslexia intervention to those students with dyslexia. The Conroe ISD Dyslexia Program provides explicit, direct instruction organized in a systematic, sequential, and cumulative way to meet the specific learning needs of students with dyslexia. This intervention program fulfills the requirements of the Texas Dyslexia Law to utilize individualized, intensive, and multisensory methods to deliver the components of instruction, which include phonemic awareness, graphophonemic knowledge, language structure, linguistics, and strategy usage. Reading Intervention Teachers are provided with the training and support needed to deliver an appropriate instructional program to students eligible for these services. Staff development opportunities are made available to classroom teachers to meet the classroom needs of students with dyslexia. Parent information opportunities are also offered.
What Famous Dyslexics Have to Say
“All through school and well into my career, I felt like I had a secret. When I’d go to a new school, I wouldn’t want the other kids to know about my learning disability. I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read.” (www.thepowerofdyslexia.com) He has gone on to be a successful actor, winning many awards in his field.
“I wasn’t a very good student in elementary school, and had a hard time with reading and writing. I didn’t learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren’t even there. That’s when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well!” (www.scholastic.com) She has written many exceptional children’s books, including one about her own dyslexia (Thank You, Mr. Faulker).
“I went through life until 40 before I knew about dyslexia. I majored in economics. I flunked English twice. They just passed me through the third time. I got an F in French. Now that I’m older and focused on investments and economics, I can see some words and concepts clearly. I don’t have to go through the slow manipulation in my mind.” He has become one of the richest men in the world and opened up the financial world to the average citizen.
“The looks, the stares, the giggles…I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read. (www.dyslexiahelp.umich.edu) He went on to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.