Dyslexia is a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity. Students who have been identified, through in depth assessment, have the opportunity to receive structured, systematic instruction that is tailored to the dyslexic brain.
GPISD has chosen to use the MTA (Multi sensory Teaching Approach), created by Margaret Taylor Smith, for the general education dyslexia students. It is built upon and is designed to be compatible with alphabetic phonics, which was developed by the staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Language Laboratory in Dallas. Once the student has been identified as having the characteristics of dyslexia, they are pulled out of their homeroom class for small group intensive instruction.
In partnership with our parents, teachers, and administrators, the mission of Grand Prairie ISD Dyslexia Services is to provide students intensive, research-based, multisensory instruction in safe and nurturing classrooms focused on maximizing academic performance and supporting social-emotional needs.
- Provide ongoing professional development for all staff in dyslexia identification, instruction, and dyslexia services.
- Empower our dyslexia strategists and inclusion teachers with ongoing training and resources in effective strategies in order to deliver highly effective dyslexia services to meet the individual needs of each student.
- Support the social-emotional growth of our dyslexic students by helping them gain a heightened awareness of their strengths and potential to foster a greater sense of confidence and self-worth.
- Build community awareness of dyslexia and related services.
- Strengthen the communication process between administration, general education, and special education.
GPISD offers a multisensory approach to teaching students in need of services for dyslexia.
A multisensory approach is a way of teaching that appeals to multiple senses simultaneously. By using a multisensory approach, the teacher is able to engage the student in more than one way. This helps children build neural pathways in the brain. These connections help students learn more effectively. This approach is not only beneficial to struggling readers, but also to students who prefer one way of learning over another.
You can learn more about the specific MTA program utilized by our interventionist by following this link.
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